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Context-dependent cheating: experimental evidence from 16 countries

Pascual-Ezama, David, Fosgaard, Toke R., Cardenas, Juan Camilo, Kujal, Praveen, Veszteg, Robert, Gil-Gómez de Liaño, Beatriz, Gunia, Brian, Weichselbaumer, Doris, Hilken, Katharina, Antinyan, Armenak ORCID:, Delnoij, Joyce, Proestakis, Antonios, Tira, Michael D., Pratomo, Yulius, Jaber-López, Tarek and Brañas-Garza, Pablo 2015. Context-dependent cheating: experimental evidence from 16 countries. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 116 , pp. 379-386. 10.1016/j.jebo.2015.04.020

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Policy makers use several international indices that characterize countries according to the quality of their institutions. However, no effort has been made to study how the honesty of citizens varies across countries. This paper explores the honesty among citizens across 16 countries with 1440 participants. We employ a very simple task where participants face a trade-off between the joy of eating a fine chocolate and the disutility of having a threatened self-concept because of lying. Despite the incentives to cheat, we find that individuals are mostly honest. Further, international indices that are indicative of institutional honesty are completely uncorrelated with citizens’ honesty for our sample countries.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0167-2681
Date of Acceptance: 25 April 2015
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 10:28

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