In Lagos, we will conduct a household level survey experiment using an embedded bribery game. Participants of the survey will be randomly assigned to a control group, or to one of several condition groups. According to their grouping, each participant in the condition groups will read or hear a different message. After the message, respondents across groups will answer the same questions about their perceptions of corruption in society and their willingness to report or protest corruption and join an anticorruption organisation.

They will also be asked to participate in an exercise on the tablet that will allow the respondent to earn money by doing a task, and then will be asked to pay a bribe so they receive the money they have earned. The respondent will have the chance to refuse to pay or pay the bribe requested.
The data will be analysed quantitatively using a mixture of difference in means testing, regression analysis and structural equation modelling. This analysis will be complemented by interviews and qualitative studies in Lagos.


Nic Cheeseman & Caryn Peiffer, University of Birmingham


Why efforts to fight corruption hurt democracy: Lessons from a survey experiment in Nigeria (Working Paper)