Lahore University of Management Sciences

The Effects of Sanctions on Bribery: U.S. versus Pakistan

April 13, 2012

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The Development of Policy and Research Centre (DPRC) in collaboration with the Department of Economics organise a  seminar on:

The Effects of Sanctions on Bribery: U.S. versus Pakistan

Date: Friday, April 13, 2012
Time: 3 p.m.
Venue: SC- 3, LUMS

About the seminar

What is it about some countries that makes bribery more common in them than in others? Is it weak institutions, poverty, or general moral or cultural decay? What makes identical policy measures succeed in one country and fail in another?

This seminar  will investigate a piece of this puzzle using the tool of lab experiments: it will ask whether an identical punishment institution’s effectiveness is different when it is applied to punish bribery in two countries, Pakistan and U.S. that have very different cultures, norms and histories with respect to bribery and corruption.

In other words, if  we can remove differences in detection systems, concerns about poverty and other such determinants, is individual behaviour regarding bribery still different for a Pakistani versus an American? The paper detects such differences and discusses implications for fighting corruption across countries. 

About the Speaker

Dr. Sheheryar Banuri is the consultant at the Development Economic Research Group (DERG) at the World Bank. His main interests are the behavioural political economy and comparative politics, and current research centres on factors that influence corruption in society. He has completed a number of field experiments in U.S. and Pakistan, and received his PhD in Political Economy and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2011.