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Does Ethics Training Neutralize the Incentives of the Prisoner's Dilemma? Evidence from a Classroom Experiment

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  • Harvey S. James Jr.

    (University of Missouri)

  • Jeffrey Cohen

    (University of Hartford)

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Teaching economics has been shown to encourage students to defect in a prisoner's dilemma game. However, can ethics training reverse that effect and promote cooperation? We conducted an experiment to answer this question. We found that students who had the ethics module had higher rates of cooperation than students without the ethics module, even after controlling for communication and other factors expected to affect cooperation. We conclude that the teaching of ethics can mitigate the possible adverse incentives of the prisoner's dilemma, and, by implication, the adverse effects of economics and business training.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series General Economics and Teaching with number 0202002.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 04 Feb 2002
Date of revision: 12 Mar 2003
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpgt:0202002

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Keywords: Prisoner's dilemma game; experimental game theory; ethics; economics education;

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  1. Robert H. Frank & Thomas D. Gilovich & Dennis T. Regan, 1996. "Do Economists Make Bad Citizens?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 10(1), pages 187-192, Winter.
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Cited by:
  1. James, Harvey S., Jr., 2002. "Finding Solutions To Ethical Problems In Agriculture," Working Papers 26046, University of Missouri Columbia, Department of Agricultural Economics.
  2. Harvey S. James Jr., 2003. "Are Happy People Ethical People? Evidence from North America and Europe," Microeconomics 0303004, EconWPA.
  3. Claudio Weber Abramo, 2003. "What If? A Look at Integrity Pacts," Public Economics 0310008, EconWPA.
  4. Steven Gold, 2010. "The Implications of Rorty’s Post-Foundational “Moral Imagination” for Teaching Business Ethics," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 94(2), pages 299-310, August.

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