I’m such a sucker for these kinds of data-driven bits of economic dumpster diving: Two economists studied unpaid parking tickets over time to New York City diplomats. As most people will know, diplomatic immunity generally means that such people don’t have to pay their tickets, so the result is a kind of live experiment wherein people demonstrate via real-world behavior their level of corruption.
Here are the top ten offending countries:
And here is a fascinating graph plotting country corruption against (the log of) unpaid parking tickets per diplomat:
This all makes we wish we had more transparency on unpaid parking tickets to Wall Street investment bankers, analysts, public company CEOs, and politicians. I think we could really be onto something here.