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This Talk Is Not Cheap

Public corruption doesn’t happen in public. It needs dark places to flourish. That’s why the press can play a decisive role in fighting sleaze–just by shining light on it. So the announcement this week by the Chicago Tribune that it’s going all out to fight graft is welcome news. After all, one former Illinois governor, […]

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Does Graft Predict Debt Woes?

This may be cheap science. But take a look at the seventeen Eurozone countries according to their rank on the 2010 corruption perception index.

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When Money Talks, Do Individuals Walk?

[…] much was paid in bribes and how much revenue and profit were generated by the bribes. For example, the DOJ’s Lanny Breuer has said Siemens got off cheap. Its $450 million criminal fine was “a far cry from the advisory range of $1.35 billion to $2.7 billion called for in the Sentencing Guidelines.” Siemens, […]

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Teva Pharmaceuticals resolves bribery case with Israel authorities

[…] filed. In Teva’s U.S. FCPA enforcement action, the company paid total penalties to the DOJ and SEC of $519 million. Teva is the world’s biggest manufacturer of generic drugs. It committed the FCPA offenses in Ukraine, Mexico, and Russia. According to the U.S. enforcement action, Teva did business in Russia with a repackaging company […]

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More Disclosure, Less Graft

[…] CoST helps clients collect feedback and put it to use. The way CoST sees it, public disclosure is one of the best anti-corruption tools. It’s simple and cheap, and it produces lots of winners. Government sponsors, for example, have a better chance of getting what they pay for. Construction companies are more likely to […]

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Kmart whistleblower awarded $9 million for prescription drug overcharges

[…] intervene, whistleblowers can litigate on their own to recover funds for the government. According to Garbe’s complaint, in one case Kmart sold a 30-day supply of a generic prescription drug for $5 to customers of its discount program but filed for reimbursement from the government for $152 for the same drug for Medicare customers. […]

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What’s Being Lost?

[…] stories — over 1,000 of them — about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. But as the Globe’s Baron also said last week, breakthrough journalism doesn’t come cheap. It can be “shockingly expensive,” he said, meaning it’s now clear that declining ad revenues at newspapers won’t support that kind of journalism anymore. Yet it’s […]

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Carsten Tams: A Noble laureate nudges for ethics

[…] Unlike mandates or fines, nudges are specifically designed to preserve freedom of choice and avoid coercion. To qualify as a nudge, the intervention must be easy and cheap to avoid. The goal of nudges is to make desired behaviors easier, simpler, or safer for people. Nudging techniques come in many forms. They include setting […]

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