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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


University of Trier; Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU)

Heather Mann


Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

March 19, 2015

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: 26

Keywords: experimental economics, cheating, cross-culture study

JEL Classification: C93, D63, P51


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Date posted: June 22, 2014 ; Last revised: April 30, 2015

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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 (March 19, 2015). Munich Discussion Paper No. 2014-26. Available at SSRN: https://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
(919) 381-4366 (Phone)

Ximena Garcia-Rada
Duke University ( email )
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States
Lars Hornuf (Contact Author)
University of Trier ( email )
Behringstraße 21
Trier, 54296
Germany
+49 651 201 4744 (Phone)
+49 651 201 4742 (Fax)
Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Marstallplatz 1
Munich, 80539
Germany
Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU) ( email )
Behringstr. 21
Campus II, Building H, 7. Floor
Trier, DE 54296
Germany
Heather Mann
Duke University - Fuqua School of Business ( email )
Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120
United States

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