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The Internet Center for Corruption Research provides you with empirical and experimental data on corruption and studies on reform. It links you up to lectures and workshops in the field.

New Discussion Paper encourages Behavioral Science for Fighting Corruption

Some methods aimed at preventing corruption are too costly or even counterproductive. Behavioral science has identified regularities in human behavior that can provide us with an integrating theoretical model and help us design better policies. Please find here a new discussion paper that will stir some debate. Preventing Corruption by Promoting Trust – Insights from Behavioral Science


Governments, companies and organizations across the world have implemented strategies for countering corruption. A growing body of so-called best practice has emerged in the last 20 years. But some approaches have been criticized for being costly, ineffective or even counterproductive. This study illustrates this, using six examples, relating to the four-eyes principle, procurement, development aid, compliance statements, leniency and the tone at the top. Increasingly, behavioral science has provided insights on how to improve policies. These insights, along with experimental evidence, are applied to the six examples to provide direction to behaviorally better informed policies.

Participants provide overwhelming feedback

From September 27 to October 4, 2014 the University of Passau offered the workshop "The Economics of Corruption: Seeking the Nudges for Reform". Find the students' evaluation here, including a selection of comments . The event was targeted towards PhD and master-students with an interest in experimental and behavioral approaches to corruption.

More details are available here.

2013 Economics of Corruption

From October 6 to October 13, 2013 the University of Passau organized "The Economics of Corruption: Experimental Approaches to Responsible Governance". Guest presentations were given by Günther Schulze, Martin Kocher and Christoph Engel.

More details are available here.

2012 Economics of Corruption - additional event in Spanish in Barranquilla, Colombia

From July 30 to August 3, 2012, the first Spanish "Economics of Corruption" is offered. It orchestrated by Frederic Boehm at the Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia. More details are now available here.

Call for Papers

A special Issue on

Corruption at the Grassroots-level - Between Temptation, Norms, and Culture

of the Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik) is guest edited by Johann Graf Lambsdorff (University of Passau) and Günther G. Schulze (University of Freiburg). We invite for contributions that employ experiments or microeconometric methods. Full papers are due December 1, 2012. All submissions are peer reviewed. For complete information please approach the call for papers or approach the journal.

Two New Discussion Papers Released

By help of a novel survey method approach households in 66 countries reveal their attitudes towards bribery. Read about the surprising results at the research area, contribution 30 of ICGG.

Another contribution 29 takes a Law and Economics perspective and links it to the problems of enforcing corrupt deal. It thus contributes to an anticorruption philosophy that provides cutting-edge insights for reform.

Three Reviews on The Institutional Economics of Corruption and Reform

The latest publication by Prof. Lambsdorff has been reviewed recently. Read the reviews in three leading journals. Public Choice, 2009, vol. 138 (1): 257-258, Comparative Economic Studies, 2009, Vol. 51 (1): 149-151, , Development and Change, 2008, Vol. 39(4): 711-712.

Publication by Prof. Graf Lambsdorff at Cambridge University Press released 2007

The Institutional Economics of Corruption and Reform: Theory, Evidence and Policy

Corruption has been a feature of public institutions for centuries yet only relatively recently has it been made the subject of sustained scientific analysis. Lambsdorff shows how insights from institutional economics can be used to develop a better understanding of why corruption occurs and the best policies to combat it. He argues that rather than being deterred by penalties, corrupt actors are more influenced by other factors such as the opportunism of their criminal counterparts and the danger of acquiring a reputation of unreliabilty. This suggests a novel strategy for fighting corruption similar to the invisible hand that governs competitive markets. This strategy - the 'invisible foot' - shows that the unreliability of corrupt counterparts induces honesty and good governance even in the absence of good intentions. Combining theoretical research with state-of-the-art empirical investigations, this book will be an invaluable resource for researchers and policy-makers concerned with anti-corruption reform.

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Chinese Version

Passau, July 2007. A chinese translation of the book is now available. We would like to thank Guo Yong, Liu Guoxiang, Fan Xiaoyan and Qiao Jiying for translating and proofreading the book. Thanks are also due to Cai Wei, Cheng Wenhao and the Anti-Corruption & Governance Research Center, School of Public Policy & Management, Tsinghua University.