Public Sector Corruption and Trust in the Private Sector

Robert Gillanders, Olga Neselevska

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Using Afrobarometer data, we show that experiencing bribery in the course of one's interactions with the public sector lowers one's trust in big private corporations, small businesses and local traders. As trust in market institutions is vital to the efficient functioning of an economy, our findings point to a previously unknown and potentially substantial cost of corruption. This relationship is evident even when we control for perceptions of corruption. Our findings are not driven by corruption lowering interpersonal trust. Having to pay a bribe for household services is the corrupt interaction most strongly associated with the decline in private sector trust.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of International Development
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1288-1317
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 21.08.2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 511 Economics
  • bribery
  • corruption
  • corruption experiences
  • corruption perceptions
  • private sector trust
  • sub-Saharan Africa
  • trust


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