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Dishonesty under scrutiny

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  • Jeroen Ven

    (ACLE (University of Amsterdam) and Tinbergen Institute)

  • Marie Claire Villeval

    (Université de Lyon
    CNRS
    IZA)

Abstract

We investigate how different forms of scrutiny affect dishonesty, using Gneezy’s [Am Econ Rev 95:384–394 (2005)] deception game. We add a third player whose interests are aligned with those of the sender. We find that lying behavior is not sensitive to revealing the sender’s identity to the observer. The option for observers to communicate with the sender, and the option to reveal the sender’s lies to the receiver also do not affect lying behavior. Even more striking, senders whose identity is revealed to their observer do not lie less when their interests are misaligned with those of the observer.

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  • Jeroen Ven & Marie Claire Villeval, 2015. "Dishonesty under scrutiny," Journal of the Economic Science Association, Springer;Economic Science Association, vol. 1(1), pages 86-99, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jesaex:v:1:y:2015:i:1:d:10.1007_s40881-015-0002-6
    DOI: 10.1007/s40881-015-0002-6
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    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness

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