The Heritability of Moral Standards for Everyday Dishonesty

Posted: 29 May 2013

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Peter John Loewen

University of Toronto

Christopher T. Dawes

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science

Nina Mazar

Boston University - Questrom School of Business

Magnus Johannesson

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics

Philipp Koellinger

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Patrik Magnusson

Karolinska Institutet - Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Previous research on the acceptability of dishonest actions has focused on the role of social norms and internal reward mechanisms. Using a sample of over 2,000 Swedish adult twins, this manuscript examines whether there exists another source that is driving differences in perceptions of the acceptability of dishonest actions: genetic variation. We find that much of the variation in perceptions of the acceptability of dishonest actions is attributable to genetic variation between individuals.

Keywords: ethics, genetic, individual differences, heterogeneity, variation

Suggested Citation

Loewen, Peter John and Dawes, Christopher T. and Mazar, Nina and Johannesson, Magnus and Koellinger, Philipp and Magnusson, Patrik, The Heritability of Moral Standards for Everyday Dishonesty (2013). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2013; Rotman School of Management Working Paper No. 2271350. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2271350

Peter John Loewen (Contact Author)

University of Toronto ( email )

Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8
Canada

Christopher T. Dawes

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
Code 0521
La Jolla, CA 92093-0521
United States

HOME PAGE: http://dss.ucsd.edu/~cdawes/

Nina Mazar

Boston University - Questrom School of Business ( email )

595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA MA 02215
United States

Magnus Johannesson

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 6501
Sveavagen 65
S-113 83 Stockholm
Sweden

Philipp Koellinger

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.philipp-koellinger.com

Patrik Magnusson

Karolinska Institutet - Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics ( email )

SE-171 82 Solna
Sweden

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