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How (not) to measure (Turkish) corruption

Turkey is being rocked by a graft scandal since mid-December, when a several police operations took dozens into custody, including sons of ministers who have since resigned, an Iranian-Turkish businessman rumored to have laundered money and bypassed the embargo to Iran, and the general manager of the state bank he used in the process.

Interestingly enough, Turkey doesn’t look that bad in arguably the most well-known of corruption perception indices, Transparency International’s aptly-named Corruption Perceptions Index. Not only is the country ranked in the 50s in the index, its ranking has improved during the last decade.

All this led me to write the aptly-titled Hurriyet Daily News column, How not to measure corruption:)

Of course, it is very easy to criticize existing corruption measures, but much more difficult to create one’s own. Therefore, I made some suggestions in the next column, also aptly-titled How to measure (Turkish) corruption:) I obviously do not claim to have found the ultimate methodology for measuring Turkish corruption. You should see the column more like brainstorming from an economist who is reflecting on his experience from being on the ground in Turkey.

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