The effect of informal networks on corruption in education: Evidence from the household survey data in Bangladesh

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Using the 2007 household survey data collected by Transparency International Bangladesh, we examine corruption in the education sector in Bangladesh. Our main findings are (i) the incidence of corruption and the amount of bribe increase with the level of red tape, (ii) poorer households, households with a less educated household head, and households with girls studying in school are more likely to be victims of corruption, (iii) households with higher social status are more likely to use informal networks to bypass the red tape or pay less amount of a bribe and, as a result, (iv) corruption is likely to be regressive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238 - 250
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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