Business Ethics Searches: A Socio-Economic and Demographic Analysis of U.S. Google Trends Before and During the 2008 Crisis

26 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2015

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Christophe Faugère

Kedge Business School Bordeaux

Olivier Gergaud

Kedge - Bordeaux Business School

Date Written: October 8, 2015

Abstract

We examine Google searches for terms related to business ethics in the U.S States, in and around the 2008 financial crisis. We find that these queries correlate with socio economic and demographic factors in a manner consistent with the predictions of Kohlberg's (1969) CMD and other approaches that emphasize the role of emotions in developing ethical sensitivity (Gaudine & Thorne, 2001; Haidt, 2001).

Keywords: Business Ethics, Queries, Google Trends, Social Intuitionist, Cognitive-Affective, Cognitive Moral Development

JEL Classification: M20

Suggested Citation

Faugère, Christophe and Gergaud, Olivier, Business Ethics Searches: A Socio-Economic and Demographic Analysis of U.S. Google Trends Before and During the 2008 Crisis (October 8, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2671331 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2671331

Christophe Faugère (Contact Author)

Kedge Business School Bordeaux ( email )

680 Cours de la Liberation
Bordeaux, Aquitaine 33405
France

Olivier Gergaud

Kedge - Bordeaux Business School ( email )

Domaine de Luminy - BP 921
BP 921
Marseille, PACA 13288
France

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