Is Dishonesty Contagious? An Experiment
University of Arizona - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of Arizona, Department of Economics
June 26, 2009
When an individual believes that peers are predominantly untruthful in a given situation, is he/she more likely to be untruthful in that situation? We study this question in a deception experiment patterned after Gneezy (2005), finding evidence that dishonesty is indeed contagious. We argue that existing theories of other-regarding preferences are unlikely to explain this result.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41
Keywords: Deception, Contagion, Experiment
JEL Classification: C91, A13
Date posted: June 27, 2009 ; Last revised: September 9, 2009
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