Diplomats and parking tickets

May 11, 2006

Freakonomics links to a study connecting the number of parking tickets accumulated by diplomats in New York to political corruption in their countries of origin. Here is an excerpt:

We find tremendous persistence in corruption norms: diplomats from high corruption countries (based on existing survey-based indices) have significantly more parking violations. In a second main result, officials from countries that survey evidence indicates have less favorable popular views of the United States commit significantly more parking violations, providing nonlaboratory evidence on the role that sentiment and affinity play in economic decision-making.

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