A college education serves numerous critical functions. It has long been recognized as a legitimate means of alleviating cyclical poverty and increasing class mobility. Individuals with college degrees are more likely to vote and be active in the community. Higher education benefits society as well; countries with educated populaces have better, more responsive governments. When a police officer considers abusing a citizen, or a representative considers taking a bribe, they must weigh the benefit of the action versus the likelihood it will be reported.