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Business Ethics Index: USA 2006


  • John Tsalikis


  • Bruce Seaton


This study continues the systematic measurement of consumers’ sentiments toward business ethical practices first measured in 2004. The Business Ethics Index (BEI) comprises the four measurements representing the dimensions of “personal–vicariousâ€\x9D and “past–futureâ€\x9D. A professional telephone interviewing company was hired to collect five consecutive waves of 1045 telephone interviews in an omnibus procedure. The collection of the five waves represented a sampling process which enables the creation of confidence intervals for this, and subsequent, measurements of the BEI. The overall BEI fell to 102.6 (from a revized 108.7 in 2004). The drop was attributed to a fall in consumer expectations of the future ethical behavior of business. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

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  • John Tsalikis & Bruce Seaton, 2007. "Business Ethics Index: USA 2006," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 72(2), pages 163-175, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:72:y:2007:i:2:p:163-175
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-006-9163-9

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    1. Jason Bram & Sydney Ludvigson, 1998. "Does consumer confidence forecast household expenditure? a sentiment index horse race," Economic Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, issue Jun, pages 59-78.
    2. Katona, George, 1974. " Psychology and Consumer Economics," Journal of Consumer Research, Oxford University Press, vol. 1(1), pages 1-8, June.
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