Assessing Corruption An analytical review of Corruption measurement and its problems: Perception, Error and Utility

Author(s):
Urra, J

 

This paper analyzes how corruption  is measured through an  analysis of major
recognized indicators. It examines the disparities between subjective and objective
indicators, differentiating between  large and pure objective indicators. It studies
the rise of the second-generation of indicators and the most representative cases of
aggregated indicators: the Corruption  Perception  Index (CPI), the Business
Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey (BEEPS) and the World
Governance Indicators (WGI), analyzing their strengthens and weaknesses. The
second part of this paper summarizes in three main groups the problems that every
corruption measurement faces: the Perception problem, the Error problem and the
Utility problem.

This paper analyzes how corruption  is measured through an  analysis of major recognized indicators. It examines the disparities between subjective and objective indicators, differentiating between  large and pure objective indicators. It studies the rise of the second-generation of  indicators and the most representative cases of aggregated indicators: the Corruption  Perception  Index (CPI), the Business Environment and  Enterprise Performance Survey (BEEPS) and the World Governance Indicators (WGI), analyzing their strengthens and weaknesses. The second part of this paper summarizes in three main groups the problems that every corruption measurement faces: the Perception problem, the Error problem and the Utility problem.

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