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The effects of anti-corruption videos on attitudes toward corruption in a Ukrainian online survey

  • Denisova-Schmidt, Elena School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland
  • Huber, Martin Department of Economics, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Prytula, Yaroslav Department of Applied Economics and Business, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine
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  • Eurasian Geography and Economics. - 2019, p. 304-332
English This paper presents the outcomes of an anti-corruption educational intervention among Ukrainian students based on an online experiment. More than 3,000 survey participants were randomly assigned to one of three different videos on corruption and its consequences (treatment groups) or a video on higher education (control group). The data suggest a high level of academic dishonesty and misconduct among young people, but also a negative attitude toward corruption in general, highlighting the ambivalence of corruption in the country. We find that one video, which presented a thrilling story abut a victim of corruption related to common bribery in an accessible way, was effective in promoting awareness of the negative consequences of corruption. In contrast, the other two treatment videos, which more closely followed the style of TV news or documentaries on corruption, did not generally promote negative attitudes toward corruption. Presenting corruption issues in a catchy way therefore appears to matter for the effectiveness of such interventions.
Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales et du management
Département d'économie politique
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