Part-legalisation may eradicate bribery

This is an excellent example of how lateral and broad thinking could/can solve problems. Kaushil Basu of the World Bank might well have an excellent solution for harassment bribery.

Around the world, petty officials demand bribes to do their jobs. In Los Angeles, building inspectors get paid under the table to approve permits. In Delhi, tax officials demand cash fees to give a tax refund. Indian economist Kaushik Basu calls this harassment bribery and he has an idea for how to stop it.

Basu, who was recently named chief economist for the World Bank, thinks we could eliminate harassment bribery by legalising it or, more precisely, by legalising half of it.

>>> read the full article BBC News – Viewpoint: Part-legalisation may eradicate bribery.

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