| International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption
Evidence from the Firm: A New Approach to Understanding Corruption
Due to its clandestine nature, most of what we understand about corruption comes from survey evidence and self-reported perceptions of corruption: this limits both the range of questions that can be asked and the precision of answers that can be provided. This chapter proposes a new lens to understand corruption, using internal records collected from firms that pay bribes. We examine widespread corruption in three industries in an Asian developing country: procurement, pharmaceutical sales, and construction. Using data of real bribes, we provide new estimates of corruption and study its relationship with organizational ownership.
Keywords: Measurement and Metrics;
Crime and Corruption;
Cole, Shawn A., and Anh Tran. "Evidence from the Firm: A New Approach to Understanding Corruption." In International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption, edited by Susan Rose-Ackerman, 408–427. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2006.