Laboratory Measure of Cheating Predicts Misbehavior at School
17 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2015
Date Written: November 2017
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 noncompletion, 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, misbehavior
JEL Classification: C930, K420
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