HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

A contingency theory of corruption: The effect of human development and national culture

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2012

Publication Title

Social Science Journal

ISSN or ISBN

0362-3319

Volume

49

Issue

1

First Page

90

Last Page

97

Description

Corruption is a world-wide problem that disproportionately affects those with the fewest personal and economic resources. It was hypothesized that human development restricts corruption, and the magnitude of such an effect is contingent upon the conditions of national culture. Measures were gathered for 68 countries that account for 80% of the world's population. Support was found for the main effect of human development on corruption. Consistent with contingency theory, results also indicate that the relation between human development and corruption is moderated by power distance and individualism. Implications for policy making to reduce corruption are discussed.

DOI

10.1016/j.soscij.2011.07.005

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