Implications

The presence of corruption in a society affects financial behavior, political behavior, and social progress. Financially, studying corruption reveals that reasonable investors would focus on infrastructure and extractive industries when corruption is present in an economy. Politically, corruption can create a sense of isolation from the political process as a result of its reliance upon secrecy. Socially, corruption tends to take public funds away from education and healthcare, areas that improve social conditions and provide the greatest hope for a country.