Dishonesty in Everyday Life and its Policy Implications
Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 117-126, 2006
41 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2006 Last revised: 6 Aug 2009
Date Written: 2006
Dishonest acts are all too prevalent in day-to-day life. In the current review, we examine some possible psychological causes for such dishonesty that go beyond the standard economic considerations of probability and value of external payoffs. We propose a general model of dishonest behavior that includes also internal psychological reward mechanisms for honesty and dishonesty, and we point to the implications of this model in terms of curbing dishonesty.
Keywords: performance-based incentives
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