Cost of petty corruption in Greece has halved during crisis

Researchers found that 15 percent fewer cases of this type of graft were reported in 2013 than in 2012 and that the average amount paid in bribes fell to 1,333 euros, which is 7.6 percent lower than a year earlier.

Almost one in three Greeks asked to give bribes refused to do so, according to the survey. Respondents also described the failure to issue receipts as a form of corruption for the first time since these surveys began.

The latter indicates that the fall in petty corruption is related to more than just a fall in disposable income. It suggests that events over the last few years have made Greeks more aware of graft and its ultimate cost.

The public sector still accounts for the majority of instances of corruption. Half of the cases are reported in public hospitals. Graft in the private sector has been dipping over the last few years but here also hospitals top the list in terms of cases reported.
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