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The Association between Bribery and Unethical Actions: An Asian Perspective


This study examines the association between a willingness to bribe a police officer to avoid being issued a speeding ticket with their views on inappropriate behavior of corporate executives. Our sample of 401 participants comes from Hong Kong (90), Japan (51), Nepal (23), and United States (237). We controlled for social desirability response bias in the responses of our participants. Our analyses indicate that, in all four dilemmas, the most significant variable was the belief about how ethical it was to pay a bribe to avoid a traffic ticket. Our data indicate significant differences between the views of the participants from Japan and Nepal compared to the views of the participants from the United States. Finally, social desirability response bias was a factor for two of the four questions.

Keywords: Asian Perspective, Bribery, Unethical Actions

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