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Institutions and corruption relationship: Evidence from African countries

Agyenim Boateng, Yan Wang, Collins G. Ntim, Mohamed Elmagrhi Orcid Logo

Journal of International Management, Pages: 101136 - 50

Swansea University Author: Mohamed Elmagrhi Orcid Logo

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Abstract

This study considers the combined effects of formal (i.e., national governance) and informal (i.e., national culture) institutions on corruption based on a sample of 52 African countries over the 2007–2022 period. Employing institutional theory, our findings are three-fold. First, we find weak forma...

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Published in: Journal of International Management
ISSN: 1075-4253
Published: Elsevier BV 2024
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa65738
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Abstract: This study considers the combined effects of formal (i.e., national governance) and informal (i.e., national culture) institutions on corruption based on a sample of 52 African countries over the 2007–2022 period. Employing institutional theory, our findings are three-fold. First, we find weak formal institutions (i.e., national governance systems) to be associated with higher levels of corruption. Second, regarding the effects of informal institutions (i.e., national culture) on the level of corruption, our results suggest that high power distance, uncertainty avoidance, and collectivism are associated with higher levels of corruption. However, masculinity has a negative and significant influence on the level of corruption in Africa. Finally, our main results indicate that the joint effect of formal (national governance) and informal (national culture) institutions tends to be associated with a high incidence of corruption at societal level.
Keywords: Corruption, culture, governance, institutions, Africa
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funders: None
Start Page: 101136
End Page: 50