Political corruption makes it more likely we’ll cheat at the checkout | Torsten Bell

Ingenious new research from shopping trolley audits shows dishonesty in high places has a trickle-down effect

It’s not just Covid that’s contagious – corruption is too. We’ve always known that if some coppers, politicians or border guards take bribes their colleagues follow suit. If everyone’s at it, people don’t want to be left out. While some benefit, this corruption has very high economic costs for society as a whole.

But the corruption is corrupting phenomenon goes further. New research shows that government corruption can actually make citizens more dishonest.

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