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To Pay or Not to Pay: Emotional and Cognitive Response to a Bribe Situation

This study aims to understand the emotional and cognitive responses of individuals who are faced with a decision to pay or not to pay a bribe. The data comprised self-reports of individuals in India provided by Janaagraha, an NGO. Analysis shows that emotional response dominates in those who pay while cognitive response dominates in those who do not pay. The paper drawn from this study is under journal review, and was co-authored with tMuntakeem Choudhury, doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts.