Bribery and the Role and Social Value Orientation: A Multi-Site Experimental Study in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands

L. De Waele, K.S. Weißmüller, A. van Witteloostuijn

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Abstract

© Copyright © 2021 De Waele, Weißmüller and van Witteloostuijn.Bribery is a complex phenomenon rooted in both individual motives and the greater institutional context. Experimental research into causal mechanisms that drive bribing behavior is still scarce. To date, there is no empirical evidence on how the society-regarding motivational survey measure of Public Service Motivation (PSM) and the other-oriented motivational measure of Social Value Orientation (SVO) can help explain why some people are more susceptible to engage in the act of bribing than others. Based on a multi-site triple-replication, and a vignette-based research design, quasi-experimental evidence from Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands shows that both measures interact and that—paradoxically—people with higher SVO are more likely to be willing to engage in bribery.
Original languageEnglish
Article number655964
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2021

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