Laboratory Measure of Cheating Predicts School Misconduct

University of Zurich, Department of Economics, Working Paper No. 205, Revised version

17 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2015 Last revised: 16 Nov 2017

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Alain Cohn

University of Michigan

Michel André Maréchal

University of Zurich - Department of Economics

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Date Written: November 1, 2017

Abstract

Laboratory experiments provide insights into the drivers of cheating behaviour, but it is unclear to what extent cheating in the lab generalizes to the field. We conducted an experiment with middle and high school students to test whether a common laboratory measure of cheating predicts three types of school misconduct: (i) disruptiveness in class, (ii) homework non-completion, and (iii) absenteeism. We find that students who cheat in the experimental task are more likely to misbehave at school, suggesting that experimental measures of cheating generalize to rule violating behaviour in naturally occurring environments.

Keywords: Cheating, honesty, experiment, external validity, misconduct

JEL Classification: C93, K42

Suggested Citation

Cohn, Alain and Maréchal, Michel André, Laboratory Measure of Cheating Predicts School Misconduct (November 1, 2017). University of Zurich, Department of Economics, Working Paper No. 205, Revised version, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2667628 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2667628

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