Corruption and anxiety in Sub-Saharan Africa

Robert Gillanders

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This paper examines the relationship between individuals’ experience of corruption and their anxiety using microeconomic data from the Afrobarometer surveys. The results show a statistically significant and economically meaningful relationship in probit models using both an experience of corruption index and a simple dummy variable. Having to pay a bribe to obtain documents and permits, to avoid problems with the police or to access medical care are the scenarios in which this relationship is strongest. Some evidence is presented that an individual needs to experience such corruption more than ‘once or twice’ for these relationships to become evident.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalEconomics of Governance
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)47-69
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


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