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Matt Levine’s Money Stuff: Bribery Won’t Make You a Hero

Feb. 17, 2022, 6:01 PM

Programming note: Money Stuff will be off tomorrow and Monday, back on Tuesday.

Bribes

If you work in sales in an out-of-the-way geography in a large multinational public corporation, two things that you will be told a lot are:


  1. Win lots of business!


  • 2. Don’t pay bribes!

In general, your company really means both of these things. Winning business is obviously very good; it is how your company makes money. Not paying bribes is also quite important; if you pay bribes your company might get in lots of trouble and have to pay much more in fines than you ever ...