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Daily chart: Sticky fingers

I am impressed with the number of articles lately about corruption and facilitation fees. As I started to explore these issues about 5 years ago I ran into a complicated issue of something as simple as the definition. It is one thing to exchange cash for access or speed up services but how does quantify the corruption of friends helping friends or the ability for a service member to make a phone call? This is where the value of the network comes into play. I personally found it a good gauge if on a daily bases to live does it require the paying of a bribe?

Bribery is most widespread in poorer, badly run parts of the world in Africa and the Middle East: the highest rates are reported in Sierra Leone (84%), Liberia (75%) and Yemen (74%).

Daily chart: Sticky fingers | The Economist.

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