05 June 2009

The Economics of Extortion

Ben Olken has a great recent paper on the bribes paid by truckers in Indonesia, in which his researchers actually sat on 300 trips by truckers and witnessed 6000 bribe payments (an average of 20 bribes per trip!!).

Sounds like what we need in Southern Sudan. There are loads of anecdotal accounts of unofficial tax points along the roads coming into Sudan from Uganda, it'd be great to see some data. Maybe I have a phd topic in the making...

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Roving bandit...nice blog..good writing. However, I am always disappointed that I find nothing original from your observations. I am looking forward to your very OWN take of events in South Sudan, instead of links to what others have written. That would be a change...a positive one!

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