Self-Selection in Corrupt Judiciary: Evidence from Ukraine

March 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Drawing on a survey and experimental games conducted with university students at an elite legal academy in Ukraine, this study comparesthe attitudinal, behavioral, and demographic traits of students aspiring to become judges and prosecutors with their counterparts seeking to become defense attorneys or commercial lawyers. Jordan Gans-Morse finds evidence that students with ambitions to serve the judiciary display more willingness to cheat or bribe in experimental games as well as lower levels of altruism. These findings indicate that corruption in some societies resultsat least in part from the self-selection into government institutions of citizens with a higher propensity to seek profit from illicit activities.

Jordan Gans-Morse conducts research on corruption, the rule of law, property rights, and political and economic transitions. Although his primary regional expertise is the former Soviet Union, he also has conducted research on Central-Eastern Europe and LatinAmerica. He received his PhD fromUC Berkeley in 2011. Prior to hisdoctoral studies, he was a JuniorFellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, a recipient of two US State Department fellowships to Moscow, and a Resident Director for theAmerican Councils for International Education’s student exchange program in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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