I'd Lie for You

12 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2019 Last revised: 21 Jun 2019

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Georgia Michailidou

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi; Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

Valentina Rotondi

Bocconi University - DONDENA - Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics

Date Written: December 22, 2018

Abstract

We examine experimentally whether individuals engage in altruistic lying, and whether they are more inclined to engage in altruistic lying for in-groups rather than out-groups. We embark in a lab-in-the-field experiment to take advantage of a naturally occurring in-group – out-group formation of Southerner and Northerner Italians. The cultural variations between Northern and Southern Italy appear to trigger different behavior across the two participant pools. Although neither Northerners nor Southerners are willing to lie to help an out-group, the latter are significantly more likely to lie to help ‘one of their people’.

Keywords: Altruistic lies, In-group favoritism, Lying, Lab-in-the-Field Experiment, Italy

JEL Classification: C93, C99 , R1

Suggested Citation

Michailidou, Georgia and Rotondi, Valentina, I'd Lie for You (December 22, 2018). European Economic Review, Vol. 118, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3305524 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3305524

Georgia Michailidou (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi ( email )

PO Box 129188
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) ( email )

11, Porte des Sciences
Campus Belval – Maison des Sciences Humaines
Esch-sur-Alzette, L-4366
Luxembourg

Valentina Rotondi

Bocconi University - DONDENA - Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics ( email )

Via Roentgen 1
Milan, 20136
Italy

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