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Tweet It now appears that more thanpeople were killed by collapsed buildings in the devastating Haiti earthquake of January That earthquake, which measured 7. The 13 more powerful quakes are estimated to have killed a combinedthrough building collapse.
For example, later ina magnitude 8. Nicholas Ambraseys of Imperial College London and Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado at Boulder argue that the extent of corruption tells us more than poverty about the consequences of earthquakes.
Their recent research found that an earthquake of a given magnitude is especially devastating where corruption is especially virulent. Society s corruptions is because in highly corrupt societies, bribes make it possible for buildings to be thrown up without regard to codes and regulations.
When shaken by earthquakes, these buildings are completely obliterated, killing their inhabitants. There could hardly be a more dramatic demonstration of the costs Society s corruptions corruption.
But it is likely that the corrosive effects of corruption bring down not only buildings, but social institutions as well. It is reasonable to conjecture that corruption destroys both the mortar that holds together physical capital, and the glue that binds social capital. Corruption has long been a concern of students of international development, but until relatively recently, it was nearly impossible to undertake quantitative work on the topic.
Since corruption by definition lacks transparency and is not officially tracked, it is hard to get quantitative evidence about its extent. In the late s, Transparency International TIa non-governmental organization headquartered in Berlin, began to systematically monitor corruption throughout the world.
TI exploited a simple fact: There are tens of thousands of people who experience corrupt practices every day. Many of these people work in multinational organizations notably businesseswhich puts them in a position to compare corruption among countries.
Every year since the late s, TI has issued a report that gives each country that it covers a score, from zero most corrupt to ten least corrupt.
Each report is available on its website. For reasons not entirely clear, TI says that its repeated cross-section surveys are unsuitable for historical work, although, of course, almost all economic and social data are drawn from repeated sampling rather than from data that follow the same sample over many years.
It is not clear why the CPI is less reliable for historical analysis than, for example, the consumer price index that other CPI or consumer sentiment. We created a spreadsheet with all 1, data points reported from throughorganized by country and by year, on which our analysis is based.
Of course, just because there are numbers that measure perceptions of corruption does not mean they are useful.
As TI notes, over this year period, no two years survey the same people in the same countries. Each year, multiple surveys, from varying sources, are compiled, and these differ across years. Therefore, one might conclude that data should not be compared across years.
We follow assumptions common among those who work with imperfect data from developing areas: First, we rely on TI to provide enough overlap in methods and sample to justify comparisons.
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Second, we assume that while there certainly is noise in the data, there is enough signal to justify quantitative applications. Finally, we assume it is possible to look statistically for some systematic changes in the meaning of the numbers, which is what we have done.
In this feature, we report on the changing landscape of perceived corruption in a subset of the countries covered in one or more of these 13 surveys. We look at the 74 countries that appear in every survey sinceplus 79 additional countries that each have data for no fewer than six years between and Before we summarize changes in perceived corruption, let us note some changes in the sample of countries covered by the survey.
The CPI report of covered 85 countries. Scores ranged from 10 the best possible score to 1.
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