Sunday, 23 August 2009

Bribes for Ph.D. degrees

If universities are short of money to pay faculty market pay rates, is this part of the answer. From Carpe Diem some this,
BERLIN (AP) – German prosecutors are investigating about 100 professors across the country on suspicion they took bribes to help students get their doctoral degrees, authorities said Saturday.

According to two publications, students paid between €4,000 to €20,000 ($5,700 to $28,500) to a company, which promised to help them get their doctorate degrees through its extensive contacts within university faculties.

The Neue Westfaelische newspaper reported that "hundreds" of students were involved, and that the company paid professors between €2,000 to €5,000 when their clients had successfully received their Ph.D.s. It was not clear whether the students knew that bribes were being paid.
Perhaps this is one for Al Roth's repugnant markets file.

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