Why Do Young Ghanaian Adults Engage in Corruption?

Results from a study by Dr Tankebe, Professor Karstedt (Griffith University) and Adu-Poku (University of Ghana) show that citizenly pride reduces the likelihood that young adults will engage in corruption, but materialism and strong bonds with kinship groups increase the likelihood of corruption. Deterrence, in terms of certainty, had a more consistently negative impact on intentions to engage in nepotism than in bribe paying and acceptance; they found no effect that perceptions of the severity of punishments affected people’s choices. The data for their study came from a survey of 530 university students in Ghana.