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The (True) Legacy of Two Really Existing Economic Systems


Dan Ariely


Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

Ximena Garcia-Rada


Duke University

Lars Hornuf


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Heather Mann


Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

June 19, 2014

Munich Discussion Paper No. 2014-26

Abstract:     
By running an experiment among Germans collecting their passports or ID cards in the citizen centers of Berlin, we find that individuals with an East German family background cheat significantly more on an abstract task than those with a West German family background. The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task. While it was recently argued that markets decay morals (Falk and Szech, 2013), we provide evidence that other political and economic regimes such as socialism might have an even more detrimental effect on individuals’ behavior.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: experimental economics, cheating, cross-culture study

JEL Classification: C93, D63, P51

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Date posted: June 22, 2014 ; Last revised: July 22, 2014

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Ariely, Dan and Garcia-Rada, Ximena and Hornuf, Lars and Mann, Heather, The (True) Legacy of Two Really Existing Economic Systems (June 19, 2014). Munich Discussion Paper No. 2014-26. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2457000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2457000

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Dan Ariely
Duke University - Fuqua School of Business ( email )
Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120
United States
Ximena Garcia-Rada
Duke University ( email )
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States
Lars Hornuf (Contact Author)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München ( email )
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Munich, 80539
Germany
+49 89 2180 3010 (Phone)
+49 89 2180 99 3010 (Fax)
Heather Mann
Duke University - Fuqua School of Business ( email )
Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120
United States
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