Podcast: Ranking Corruption : Planet Money On today's podcast, we talk with Jermyn Brooks of Transparency International about where the U.S. ranks on its Corruption Perceptions Index.
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Podcast: Ranking Corruption

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On today's Planet Money:

How does the U.S. rank in terms of corruption compared to other countries? Transparency International puts us 15th on its Corruption Perceptions Index, which "measures the perceived level of public-sector corruption in 180 countries and territories around the world."

Jermyn Brooks, chair of the group's business advisory board, tells us how we landed there and what we can do to climb up.

After the jump, see the index's top eight countries.

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Transparency International explains the index:

The rank shows how one country compares to others included in the index. The CPI score indicates the perceived level of public-sector corruption in a country/territory.

The CPI is based on 13 independent surveys. However, not all surveys include all countries. The surveys used column indicates how many surveys were relied upon to determine the score for that country.

The confidence range indicates the reliability of the CPI scores and tells us that allowing for a margin of error, we can be 90% confident that the true score for this country lies within this range.