Streetwise Professor

December 9, 2008

We’re Number 1!

Filed under: Economics,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 8:41 pm

Well, the chess thing was something of a flop, but Russia is atop the bribery world!:

Companies from emerging economies such as Russia and China are more likely to pay bribes when doing business in other countries, a survey claims.

Anti-corruption body Transparency International interviewed 2,742 senior business executives to see which firms would pay bribes in foreign countries.

Russia, China, Mexico, India, Brazil and Italy were the worst of the 22 major economies ranked in the survey.

And there’s the cancer death rate too:

A new report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) explores the global burden of cancer, which is poised to become the leading cause of death worldwide by 2010.

The report predicts that:

  • By 2030, 27 million new cancer cases and 17 million cancer deaths will occur each year worldwide. That compares to 12 million new cancers and slightly less than 8 million cancer deaths in 2007.
  • Based on current trends, the rate at which new cancers are diagnosed is expected to grow by 1% annually, as are deaths from the disease.
  • China, Russia, and India are projected to have the biggest increases in cancers and cancer deaths.

What a tragedy.   Yet we are to believe that Russia is a future colossus.   Perhaps a little less hubris, a little less imperial ambition, and a little more attention to demographic and public health disasters would be warranted.   Just sayin’.

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