Special Report: Progress solid but uneven in fight against corruption

Problems of corruption in the oil and gas sector of the business world stood out in a recent survey commissioned by Transparency International (TI), a nongovernmental organization (NGO). In research conducted for TI's 2002 Bribe Payers' Index (BPI), business people in 15 emerging markets assessed 17 commercial sectors for their propensity to corruption.1 They were asked to identify the sectors where officials were most likely to demand bribes, as well as the sectors where the biggest bribes were actually paid. In response to both questions, the polling sample cited construction and defense as the industries most prone to corruption. Oil and gas came in third.The BPI is a survey of...

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