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Krimo Bouabda

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Will corruption ever be eradicated?

Corruption exists in every country and every walk of life in one form or another. Very subtle in developed countries but out in the open in poor, non-democratic countries. In the latter it is often encouraged by western companies which use it to gain contracts.
What can we do to help get rid of this plague?

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    Mar 29 2011: Funny, I asked myself this question already many times.
    My conclusion is, that corruption will not be erradicated as long as there is somebody gaining something from it.
    And let's not forget, corruption is not only about governments and companies. Corruption exists at any level of life.
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      Mar 29 2011: I think what Steven Levitt wrote on Freakonomics reflects what you said, and I agree: "Cheating is a primordial economic act: getting more for less. So it isn't just the boldface names - inside-trading CEOs and pill popping ballplayer and perk-abusing politicians - who cheat. It is the waitress who pockets her tips instead of pooling them. It is the Wal-Mart payroll manager who goes into the computer and shaves his employees's hours to make his own performance look better. It is the third grader who, worried about not making in to the fourth grade, copies test answers from the kid sitting next to him"
      As long as we cheat, corruption will not be erradicated at any level of life, so we need to ask if it is possible to stop cheating. If it's human nature, I think corruption will never be erradicated, however I'm not sure if it is or not. What do you guys think?
      • Mar 30 2011: Yeah, give up Lucas :-) If we follow this line of thought, we might as well disband the anti-fraud police and retire all accountants and especially auditors.As I said above (or now it might be below?) - we can manage all sorts of corruption to negligible levels. Oddly, it doesn't need new money or more watchdogs.

        Andrei Vorobiev
        CorruptionManagement.com

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