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Determinants of Bribery in Asian Firms: Evidence from the World Business Environment Survey

Xun Wu
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 87, No. 1 (Jun., 2009), pp. 75-88
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40294906
Page Count: 14
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Determinants of Bribery in Asian Firms: Evidence from the World Business Environment Survey
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Abstract

While it is widely believed that bribery is ubiquitous among Asian firms, few studies have offered systematic evidence of such activities, and the dynamics of bribery in Asian firms have not been well understood. The research reported here used World Business Environment Survey data to examine some distinct characteristics of bribery in Asian firms and to empirically test 10 hypotheses on determinants of bribery. We find that firm characteristics such as firm size, growth rate, and corporate governance are important determinants of bribery activities at the firm level, and that Asian firms are more likely to bribe when faced with fierce market competition, corrupted court systems, convoluted licensing requirements, nontransparent interpretation of laws and regulations, inefficient government service delivery, and high taxes.

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