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The Costs of Corruption to the American Economy

Over the past six months, the Office of Government Ethics has received 39,105 inquiries—up more than 5,000 percent over the comparable period leading up to President Obama’s 2012 election and first months in office. 1 Corruption is not a concept we are used to discussing in the context of the contemporary American economy. Many of the most informative studies on corruption are from developing countries, which shows just how much President Trump has begun to undermine the norms and institutions that enable not only our democracy to function, but also our economy.

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