Corruption: Measuring the Unmeasurable

Humanomics, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 117-126, June 2009

19 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2008 Last revised: 30 Sep 2009

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Asad Zaman

Quaid-i-Azam University - Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)

Faiz Rahim

International Islamic University, Islamabad - Faculty of Social Sciences

Date Written: December 15, 2008

Abstract

While the strategy of measuring and quantifying has been extremely successful, and valuable in the progress of science, it does not follow that it is universally useful. We argue that attempts to measure corruption can be counterproductive in several different ways. Qualitative and action oriented approaches may prove more valuable. A political economy explanation of why extremely distorted and biased measures of corruption continue to be used is also offered.

Keywords: Corruption, Measurement, Corruption Perception Index

JEL Classification: D73

Suggested Citation

Zaman, Asad and Rahim, Faiz, Corruption: Measuring the Unmeasurable (December 15, 2008). Humanomics, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 117-126, June 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1309131 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1309131

Asad Zaman (Contact Author)

Quaid-i-Azam University - Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) ( email )

Quaid-i-Azam University Campus
P.O.Box 1091
Islamabad, Federal Capital 44000
Pakistan

Faiz Rahim

International Islamic University, Islamabad - Faculty of Social Sciences ( email )

Islamabad
Pakistan

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