Tuesday, August 5, 2008

diplomats, corruption, and NYC parking tickets

United Nations officials had diplomatic immunity from parking tickets until 2002. Ray Fisman (Columbia) and Edward Miguel (Berkeley) look at the number of unpaid parking tickets held by diplomats from various countries. They find that diplomats from countries with high corruption indexes had a significantly higher number of unpaid parking tickets compared with diplomats from less corrupt countries. This suggests that in corrupt countries, breaking the law by public officials is seen as more acceptable behavior. The paper is forthcoming in the Journal of Political Economy.

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