Perceived Corruption and Individuals’ Life Satisfaction: The Mediating Role of Institutional Trust

Marco Ciziceno, Giovanni A. Travaglino

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Corruption degrades the quality of institutions, increases economic inequalityand limits growth. Recent studies indicate that corruption is also associated with lower satisfactionwith life. This research examines a potential explanation for this association andinvestigates the role of institutional trust in mediating the linkage between perceived corruptionand satisfaction with life. Specifically, in two studies, we tested the novel hypothesisesthat perceived corruption affects life satisfaction indirectly by undermining individuals’confidence in institutions. Study 1 (N = 251) involved an opportunity sample from theUS. Study 2 (N = 9508) analysed data from the World Value Survey and involved a larger,representative sample of individuals from the MENA region. Across studies, mediationanalyses provided evidence for the hypothesized indirect effect of perceived corruption onlife satisfaction through institutional trust. Implications of the findings, limitations of thestudies and directions for future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages0
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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