Corruption: Who Pays and How Much
Just how much corruption is there anyway? This fascinating study from Peru gives us some very reliable data.
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In Peru corruption is more open than other countries because -by cultural reasons- is more accepted, however is not higher than in Chile, USA or any other country, it is a case similar to prostitution in many states of US where is formally forbidden but almost universally accepted. Well, most of the "bribes" mentioned in the study implies skip paying taxes, so it is simply a transfer who skip the fiscal safe and low the cost of goods for everybody. Anybody who live in Peru knows how cheap is the cost of living there thanks the "corruption" who keep real taxes very low despite the big legal figures. When is focused from a traditional view, let´s say like US where pay taxes is almost a sacred duty, this is a perverse behavior, but if you consider that in Peru, like most of Latin America, the money of taxes is distributed between the political oligarchy and scarcely impact in terms of social welfare, the system is just a natural adaptive way to do things, who allow people to work and prosper. Peru is not a poor nor stagnated country, despite many people live very humble for cultural reasons they made it quite good individually.and may be quite competitive because, not despite, their informality