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Разговоры о коррупции не смолкают как в развивающихся, так и в некоторых развитых странах. В прошлом считалось, что коррупция имеет место в основном среди государственных служащих, что частично использовалось в качестве аргумента в пользу приватизации, особенно в развивающихся странах. Пропагандисты от частного сектора, однако, не принимали тогда во внимание способность глав частных компаний потворствовать различным видам коррупции в трудно вообразимых масштабах, что американский корпоративный капитализм не так давно и продемонстрировал в полной мере.

Коррумпированные боссы заставили краснеть от стыда мелких правительственных бюрократов, незаконно кладущих в карманы какие-то жалкие тысячи и даже миллионы долларов. Масштабы краж, совершенных теми, кто «очистил» Энрон, Уорлдком и другие корпорации составляют миллиарды долларов, что превышает валовой внутренний продукт многих стран.

На протяжении последних тридцати лет я изучал экономику информации. При наличии полной информации, согласно предположению, сделанному в традиционной экономике и так никогда до конца и не оцененному сторонниками свободного рынка, таких проблем никогда бы не возникло. Держатели акций тотчас поняли бы, что финансовые отчеты и другие документы фальсифицированы, и немедленно наказали бы нарушающую закон компанию резким падением цен на ее акции.

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