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The Bribe Game: Microfoundations Of Corruption In Mexico, Rodolfo Sarsfield Aug 2012

The Bribe Game: Microfoundations Of Corruption In Mexico, Rodolfo Sarsfield

Rodolfo Sarsfield

Studies of how individuals’ micro-motives and behaviors influence the effective rule of law are a deficit in the literature, as is analysis of the microfoundations of the law. Most explanations of the performance of the rule of law concern the macro level and emulate properties of countries, such as wealth, ethnic fragmentation, religion, British legal or colonial tradition, or Communist past. Assuming that written law will be largely irrelevant if the rules are excessively costly compared to other mechanisms for private and public interactions, such as informal institutions or illegal practices, in this work I model the game that underlies ...