Measuring Corruption: Perception Surveys or Victimization Surveys? Towards a Better Comprehension of Populations’ Perception Mechanisms: Press Freedom, Confidence and Gossip

27 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2011 Last revised: 1 Sep 2011

Date Written: August 15, 2011

Abstract

While methodologies and survey techniques recorded progress over the years, corruption measurement remains a many-headed monster. Since 2003 and the first publication of Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer, researchers have access to population’s feeling about the corruption scourge across institutions. Thereby, wider room emerged for populations’ perceptions in the field of corruption quantification.

In the paper, we analyze the gulf separating perceived corruption from experienced bribe situations using global household surveys in a Panel dataset.

We show that the gap between these two types of data can be wide and unevenly distributed across countries. Introducing further objective and subjective data we try to puzzle out perception mechanisms.

Keywords: Corruption, Global Corruption Barometer, Governance, CPI, Transparency International, Corruption measurement, Perception indicators, Press freedom, Econometrics, Panel Data, Household surveys

JEL Classification: O11, O17, O19

Suggested Citation

Roca, Thomas, Measuring Corruption: Perception Surveys or Victimization Surveys? Towards a Better Comprehension of Populations’ Perception Mechanisms: Press Freedom, Confidence and Gossip (August 15, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1909860 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1909860

Thomas Roca (Contact Author)

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