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Inequality exacerbates corruption by elites

  • Egi Primayogha

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Jakarta   /   Thu, February 28, 2019   /  12:10 pm
Inequality exacerbates corruption by elites Corruption illustration (Shutterstock/Atstock Productions)

Corruption and economic inequality are like a vicious circle. Both have a significant impact on each other. Unfortunately, growing discourse on corruption and its eradication rarely mention economic inequality as a crucial issue. Indonesia Corruption Watch recorded 454 corruption cases in 2018. A survey by Transparency International in 2018 ranked Indonesia 89th on the corruption perception index, much worse than neighboring countries such as Malaysia ( 61 ), Singapore (3) and Brunei Darussalam ( 31 ). Meanwhile, inequality has remained extremely high. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported that as of September 2018, Indonesia’s Gini ratio stood at 0.384, with a ration of 1.0 reflecting perfect inequality. The Palma ratio, another measurement alternative to the Gini ratio that places zero as perfect equality, gave 1.8 to Indonesia for 2010-2017. This ratio is calculated by...

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