Oct 16, 2008

Corruption survey

Of the economics students that took the survey (39 of them):

  • 21% would prefer to work in a bank than a development agency;
  • 73% favour relatively high wages for public officials;
  • 94% would work for an International Organization;
  • 23% think we should accept corruption as a fact of life.

Not surprisingly, people who prefer banks to development agencies are completely against high salaries in government.

People with lower grades tend to prefer banking and are more likely to tolerate corruption as they also come from more corrupt countries (according to Transparency International).

Finally, people from corrupt countries seem to tolerate corruption more, being more likely to accept it as a part of life. Furthermore, they would rather work in development agencies.

None of these results are significant.

The winner of the free lunch is Tadashi Ito.

2 comments:

Daniela said...

"People with lower grades tend to prefer banking and are more likely to tolerate corruption as they also come from more corrupt countries" "people from corrupt countries seem to tolerate corruption more, (...). Furthermore, they would rather work in development agencies."

causalities statement 1.
from corrupt countries -> lower grades (proportionately) -> tolerate corruption & prefer banking.

causalities statement 2.
from corrupt countries -> tolerate corruption & prefer development agencies

So, unless there is a contradiction, most people from corrupt countries tend to tolerate corruption and prefer development agencies, unless they happen to have lower grades, in which case they prefer banking. But then people from corrupt countries with lower grades must be a (full and sub sample) minority. It is the only way both statements can hold, right?

Pierre-Louis said...

I didn't do proper regressions I just looked at correlations! I guess banking is associated with lower grades and corrupt country with development agency...the sample consists of 39 observations so there is not much econometrics to do!