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Determinants of Public Sector Corruption in Nigeria

Olarewaju Fatai Ogunlana

Olarewaju Fatai Ogunlana 1

  1. Department of Economics, Lagos State University, Lagos-Nigeria 1

Pages: 1-11

DOI: 10.18488/journal.74.2019.61.1.11

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Article History:

Received: 22 October, 2018
Revised: 26 November, 2018
Accepted: 19 December, 2018
Published: 16 January, 2019


This study have examined the determinants of corruption in Nigeria's public sector using ten local government areas in Lagos State and Federal Capital Territory in Abuja during the period 2017-2018. Plethora of studies has analyzed the relationship between corruption and economic growth using different econometric techniques and statistical simulation. This study, however, departed from the common methodological approach by conducting a survey of corruption in public sector to ascertain its determinants. Findings from a survey of one thousand and seventy six (1976) subjects were documented and multiple variables emanated as critical determinants of corruption in public sector. The study recommends that policy makers should intensify efforts at re-orientating the society against the ills of corruption by establishing high ethical standards to which all and sundry must adhere.
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes to the existing body of literature by adopting a survey technique to ascertain the determinants of corruption in Nigeria's public sector by exploring ten (10) local government areas in Lagos State and Federal Civil Service in Abuja. A large number of studies in this area have employed theoretically established and econometric expositions to validate the determinants of corruption. The study uses common statistical technique to analyze both the causal and determinate variables motivating corruption.


Abuja, Corruption, Growth, Lagos, Public sector, Survey




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This study received no specific financial support.

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The author declares that there are no conflicts of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


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