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Transparency International - Global Corruption Barometer

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On the 3rd of June 2009 Transparency International launched their "Global Corruption Barometer". It exposes the findings of a public opinion survey which involved 73,132 people in 69 countries. The study focuses on the general public's perception of corruption and gathers opinions on institutions and public services.

The findings of this study show how during the last two years this perception progressively worsened. In particular the private sector is perceived as corrupt by half of those interviewed. Bribery is thought to be used mainly to shape policies and regulations in companies' favor. Corruption matters to consumers, half of them in fact, are willing to pay a premium to buy from corrupt-free companies.

An entire section of the study is dedicated to petty bribery. Although it was experienced by more than the 10% of the interviewees in the 12 months before the gathering of the interviews, reporting and exposing bribery is not a very diffused practice, as only about 20% of the people involved presented a formal complaint.

The study traces a profile of the "ideal victim" of petty bribery:

The regions in which petty bribery seem to be more diffused are the Middle East and North Africa (40% of the interviewees reported paying a bribe in the previous 12 months).

Under 30 (16%)
Lower income quintile

Police (24%)
Judiciary (16%)
Land Services (15%)

Between 1% & 10% of the annual household income (40%)

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Comment by Alessandro Soldi on July 21, 2009 at 1:57pm
Thanks for pointing that out. Post edited with a link to the Global Corruption Barometer!


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