Religion-Corruption Nexus in Ghana: Micro Level Evidence

Authors

  • Emmanuel Carsamer Department of Economics Education, University of Education, Winneba-Ghana
  • Anthony Abbam Department of Economics Education, University of Education, Winneba-Ghana

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14666/2194-7759-5-1-006

Keywords:

Corruption, Structural Equation model, Religion, Ghana

Abstract

The controversy surrounding the impact of religion and religiousity on the growth of corruption is yet to be settled. The effects of prosperity gospel and growth of African Pentecostalism organizations on the prevalence and transmission of corruption have witnessed resurgence in the economics of religions literature especially after the proliferation of individual churches in Africa.  Using micro level data through survey and application of structural equation model, this study investigates the nexus between religiosity and prevalence of corruption in Ghana. The study reveals though that the two concepts are positively related it is insignificant. It also showed that socio economic status such as income directly influence corruption and trust of person positively promote prevalence of corruption. The policy implications are that religious leaders should take ethics preaching seriously. Again, there must be efforts to address public sector corruptions since it deepens poverty and its effects on society.

 

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2016-06-24

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