Chapter 2 Gender and Corruption: A Survey of the Experimental Evidence

New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption

ISBN: 978-1-78052-784-0, eISBN: 978-1-78052-785-7

ISSN: 0193-2306

Publication date: 15 June 2012


I provide an overview of the literature that explores whether there are gender differences in corruption using economic decision-making experiments designed to simulate corrupt transactions usually involving acts of bribery between a firm and a government official. A primary focus of the chapter is to critically examine this evidence with a view to addressing the following question: will increased female participation in public life – both in government and bureaucracy – lead to reduced corruption? I find that across a wide variety of experiments, studying different aspects of corruption, it is either the case that women behave in a more pro-social and less corrupt manner than men or that there are no significant gender differences. There are no studies that find men to be less corrupt. Consequently, I conclude by arguing that we can answer the question posed above in the affirmative.


Chaudhuri, A. (2012), "Chapter 2 Gender and Corruption: A Survey of the Experimental Evidence", Serra, D. and Wantchekon, L. (Ed.) New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption (Research in Experimental Economics, Vol. 15), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 13-49.

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