Sunday, October 15, 2006

By Their Deeds You Shall Know Them

Information is dynamical – information creates identifiable, repeatable processes, interacting as waves do it all the time, creating information processing systems dominated by their goals with sometimes amusing patterns of behavior:

Cultures of Corruption: Evidence from Diplomatic Parking Tickets* (Working Paper) by Ray Fisman and Edward Miguel

We find strong persistence in corruption norms: diplomats from high corruption countries (based on existing survey-based indices) have significantly more parking violations, and these differences persist over time...

We thus interpret diplomats’ behavior as reflecting their underlying propensity to break rules for private gain when enforcement is not a consideration.

(Emphasis mine)


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