Another Way To Improve the Accuracy of Corruption Surveys: The Crosswise Model

GAB | The Global Anticorruption Blog

Today’s post is yet another entry in what I guess has become a mini-series on corruption experience surveys. In the first post, from a few weeks back, I discussed the question whether, when trying to assess and compare bribery prevalence across jurisdictions using such surveys, the correct denominator should be all respondents, or only those who had contact with government officials. That post bracketed questions about whether respondents would honestly admit bribery in light of the “social desirability bias” problem (the reluctance to admit, even on an anonymous survey, that one has engaged in socially undesirable activities). My two more recent posts have focused on that problem, first criticizing one of the most common strategies for mitigating the social desirability bias problem (indirect questioning), and then, in last week’s post, trying to be a bit more constructive by calling attention to one potentially more promising solution, the so-called…

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Romans 16

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Romans 16 is Paul’s list of those whom served alongside him during his ministry.  We always think of Hebrews 11 as God’s Hall of Fame, but Romans 16 could be Paul’s.  He begins calling our Phoebe, a woman whom Paul calls a “servant of the church” who has obviously been a helper to many.  “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at  Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well”. She’s evidently on her way to Rome and Paul is sending an advanced commendation of her work.

He next calls out Priscilla and Aquila, who were fellow workers that served with Paul and Apollos.  “Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers…

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