The Costs of Corruption

Strategies for Ending a Tax on Private-sector-led Growth

Corruption remains a priority area for both the private sector and development implementers. However, there is no consensus on practical steps to address it on a global level. This issue is especially important in the context of international trade and development as the private sector plays an increasing role in development outcomes. Moreover, countries with the weakest governance structures tend to be those that most need economic development.

This report reviews the literature surrounding corruption; identifies the opportunity costs of corruption; and posits actionable steps for the private sector to effectively address corruption worldwide, as well as ways for private-sector actors to work with governments to achieve this goal.

Daniel F. Runde
Senior Vice President; William A. Schreyer Chair; Director, Project on Prosperity and Development

Jeremiah Magpile

Sadika Hameed