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Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik

Journal of Economics and Statistics

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Volume 235, Issue 2


Religious Loyalty and Acceptance of Corruption

Prof. Dr. Moamen Gouda
  • Graduate School of International and Area Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, 107, Imun-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, 130-791, South Korea
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Published Online: 2016-03-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbnst-2015-0206


This study investigates the relationship between religiously-induced internalized values of individuals and their specific attitudes regarding the acceptance of corruption. The dataset on which our study is based was collected by the World Values Survey from 141,326 individuals in 78 countries surveyed during a period of 13 years. We propose that individual attitudes towards corruption and religion are associated given certain societal and institutional contexts. Our results show that although there is a negative and statistically significant effect of religiosity on the acceptance of corruption on the individual level, this effect is small. We find that there is a threshold value of religiosity below which corruption is more easily accepted by individuals. Our interpretation for this result is simple: individuals with minimal religiosity are generally less constrained by religious norms; specifically, religious norms that are opposed to corruption are less binding on these individuals, resulting in them having a greater propensity to accept corruption. Religiosity, therefore, does lower the acceptance of corruption only when it exceeds a certain threshold for a specific individual.

Keywords: Religion; corruption; institutions; preferences

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Published Online: 2016-03-16

Published in Print: 2015-04-01

Citation Information: Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, Volume 235, Issue 2, Pages 184–206, ISSN (Online) 2366-049X, ISSN (Print) 0021-4027, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbnst-2015-0206.

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