The Importance of Understanding the Anti-Corruption Legislation to Promote Corruption Reporting

Lessons from Mauritius

Document identifier: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-76480
Access full text here:10.1080/01900692.2019.1669049
Keyword: Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Economics, Samhällsvetenskap, Ekonomi och näringsliv, Nationalekonomi, Anti-corruption, ICAC, PoCA, Reporting
Publication year: 2020
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SDG 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
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Abstract:

Anti-corruption campaigns usually focus on educating the population. However, little is known about the impact of knowledge, especially understanding of the anti-corruption legislation and the function of Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) body in practice. This study sheds light on the factors influencing the likelihood of reporting a case of corruption in Mauritius. Cross-sectional data are compiled from a household survey with a sample size of 380 observations. To perform the investigation, an ordered probit model is employed. Knowledge about the Prevention of Corruption Act (PoCA) is found to be a crucial variable in determining the functional form of the empirical model. In general, media consumption and knowledge about the PoCA increases the probability of reporting an act of corruption, while Interest in politics decreases the likelihood of reporting  a case of corruption to the ICAC. In addition, age, educational attainment, income level, family size and civil status are found to be important predictors of corruption reporting.

Authors

Vishal Chandr Jaunky

Luleå tekniska universitet; Samhällsvetenskap
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Jamiil Jeetoo

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius
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Caitanyadass Bajah

School of Business, Management and Finance, University of Technology, Mauritius, La Tour Koenig, Pointe Aux Sables, Mauritius
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Vani Ramesh

Department of Commerce and Management, REVA University, Bangalore, India
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