"Does the Wage Gap between Private and Public Sectors Encourage Political Corruption?"
A paper of mine (co-authored with Boris Podobnik and H. Eugene Stanley ) got published in PLOS ONE ! Since PLOS is an open-access journal you can read the whole paper here . It is primarily a theoretical paper focused on designing a model of corruption networks in democracies. The intuition for the model was a growing disparity between public sector and private sector wages and how this corresponds with greater corruption. This is, naturally, only a correlation, but it served as a motivation to search deeper and uncover how corrupt networks can sustain themselves within a democratic environment. There were three main findings/contributions in the paper: The greater the public sector wage premium (higher public sector wages than private sector wages) in a given country, the greater the possibility of corruption We design and propose a new reward-to-risk ratio for labor economics (taking into account the relative riskiness of working in each sector) Democracy does not crea