Incompetence worse than corruption: Atif Mian

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MPA (400+ posts)


Pakistani-American economist Atif Mian put up a twitter poll on Wednesday that proved to be quite a discussion among the Twitterati.He asked if corruption is the bigger problem or incompetence, in the developing countries, Atif questions, “which one is the bigger constraint in the developing countries,” the poll had both ‘corruption of the elite’ and ‘incompetence of the elite’ as the answer.

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The percentage was as followed, ‘corruption of elite’ had 60 percent of the votes and ‘incompetence of elite’ had 40 percent, which bagged Atif’s vote as well.

The economist stated while citing Saudi Arabia and China as examples, “I will go with the minority view on this poll and argue that incompetence is the bigger constraint on the development than corruption (of course ideally we want avoid both).”

He further added how China and Saudi Arabia have corruption at the top end regardless of being centralised powers. However, he said that the Chinese system encourages competition which leads to stronger productivity, appreciating the ‘growing pie’ which enables the centralised powers to stay longer. The Saudi Arabian system had failed to do something similar leading to no ‘dynamism’, hence leading to incompetent policies like ‘saudization’.

He continued: “The eventual success of a system relies on one key question: How effectively does it delegate power to the most competent? There is no doubt that corruption can come in the way of such delegation. But even a corrupt system can deliver if it finds a way to delegate to the competent.”

Atif Mian is also the author of the critically acclaimed book ‘House of Debt’ and was the former member in the Pakistan Economic Advisory Council, before he had to resign due to religious pressure he faced for his belief.


 
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stoic

Senator (1k+ posts)
How many people have been jailed for incompetence as compared to corruption?
How will a corrupt person delegate power to a competent person? He/she will look for an equally corrupt person or indulge in nepotism to protect his/her own interests.
I am no expert but don't see how can you compare China and Saudia in this regard?
 
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Humble

Councller (250+ posts)
No two opinions about it but when it combines with corruption the duo is even more lethal.

 

insouciant

Minister (2k+ posts)
Dear Readers,

Bear In mind that this study is not an academic study or a research that conclusively rates one over another based on anecdotal evidence. It is just a public poll which tells you that what Tom, dick, and Harry's in the 3rd world perceive or think about the two. Nothing more / Nothing less.

So don't try to give it any other twist with your ignorance!!

Thank You!

 

Rajarawal111

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Nawaz and Zardari were corrupt and incompetent.
Dear Readers,

Bear In mind that this study is not an academic study or a research that conclusively rates one over another based on anecdotal evidence. It is just a public poll which tells you that what Tom, dick, and Harry's in the 3rd world perceive or think about the two. Nothing more / Nothing less.

So don't try to give it any other twist with your ignorance!!

Thank You!
Ppp was both. Corrupt and incompetant. Pmln was a bit competant but full corrupt. Pti , too early to judge.
No, it is not. Incompetence can be taken care of if people are not corrupt and are genuine about improving things. One can learn or bring in more experienced and educated people as advisories etc. Corruption has no interest in making anything better to begin with; period.
او نہیں اوے انصافیو چھوڑو پرے اس مرزئی کو --- اس کو تو عمران خان نے لاتیں مار مر کے باھر نکالا تھا --- ما پین ایک کردو اس کی اسی بات کرنے پر
 

imisa2

MPA (400+ posts)
لو بھئی مرزائی بھی اپنی ساڑھ نکالنے پہنچ گیا۔ اس کو جب ہٹایا تھا تو تحریک انصاف کی چیلے اسی فورم پر کتنا خون کے انسو روئے تھے۔ حکومت کمزور ہو رہی ہے۔ اب ہر کتا بلا اپنے بل سے نکل کر غرائے گا۔
 

Humi

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
او نہیں اوے انصافیو چھوڑو پرے اس مرزئی کو --- اس کو تو عمران خان نے لاتیں مار مر کے بھر نکالا تھا --- ما پین ایک کردو اس کی اسی بات کرنے پر
I would appreciate it if you refrain from quoting me with your bigotry in the future.
 

adeel.zafar

Senator (1k+ posts)
Thats an interesting thread. I was thinking, would you rather have a superb waseem akram with occasional match fixings or a incompetent bowler with no hope of taking wickets, let alone wining the matches?
 
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