A pair of economists looked at the

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 02, 2006

A pair of economists looked at the number of parking tickets accrued by diplomats at the UN (tickets for which they are not charged) to determine each country’s corruption level. “Since, as their study reports, there is ‘essentially zero legal enforcement of diplomatic parking violations,’ the authors hypothesized that any cross-national variation in parking-violation rates should flow from culture alone.” The worst offenders were the Kuwaitis, followed by Egypt. Diplomats from Canada, Israel, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark had 0 parking tickets. Here’s the whole paper. (thx, susan)