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Corruption and Culture

Canada is not a corrupt country. Nigeria is. What is it that keeps us from slipping a 50 to a policeman who pulls us over for speeding, whereas such transactions are the norm on the roads of Lagos? That is, why do Nigerians bribe with impunity, while we in Canada have a collective reputation as a law-abiding society?

First, you don’t try to pay off the police because you know that this is unlikely to end well for you. By contrast, not only can you get away with bribing a Nigerian policeman, it is actually expected. That is, the economic…