OPINION: Can you rout systemic bureaucratic corruption through higher wages?

03.02.2016
Politics

Singapore provides a famous case of raising the pay of governmental workers to prevent bureaucrats and officials from needing to make money on the side, thereby making them more likely to be corrupt. But does that policy work?

In thinking through how the Philippines may hope to end corruption in government, can salary play a role?

Singapore provides a famous case of raising the pay of government workers to prevent bureaucrats and officials from needing to make money on the side, thereby making them more likely to be corrupt. For Filipinos living on public salaries, it is often impossible to make ends meet and this policy offers promise, but does it work? The Economist writes of two economists' findings in Ghana and whether you can remedy corrupt behavior through salary alone.

Should the idea be thrown out altogether? If not alone, what could this idea be paired with to reinforce the desired behavior? What could we try instead? Read the opinion article below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

"The Wages of Sin," The Economist

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21689642-theory-higher-pay-cuts-corruption-practice-opposite-happens-wages

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