Man is living with corruption since the birth of governmental institutions. Corruption has two dimensions: public sector corruption and private sector corruption. This paper focuses on public sector corruption using cross country data. For this, 41 developing countries are analyzed to explore the determinants of corruption. These are divided into economic and non-economic determinants. The economic determinants include economic freedom, level of education, distribution of income, level of development and globalization. The non-economic determinants consist of religion, democracy and press freedom. The empirical findings of the study indicate that all economic determinants are negatively related to the perceived level of corruption except distribution of income. The non-economic determinants do not significantly explain the variations in the level of corruption fully. This shows that the socio-political and religious norms are too weak to affect the corruption level in these countries. This implies that religion has a limited role in shaping the behavior of people.
Therefore, perceived level of corruption is not affected by the religion. The upshot of the study is that the government should focus the economic factors to curtail the level of corruption.
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