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
Date Written: October 8, 2015
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
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