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Tolerance of Cheating: An Analysis Across Countries

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  • Jan R. Magnus
  • Victor M. Polterovich
  • Dmitri L. Danilov
  • Alexei V. Savvateev

Cheating is a serious problem in many countries. The cheater gets higher marks than deserved, thus reducing the efficiency of a country's educational system. In this study, the authors did not ask if and how often the student had cheated, but rather what the student's opinion was about a cheating situation. They investigated whether attitudes differ among students in Russia, the Netherlands, Israel, and the United States and conclude that attitudes toward cheating differ considerably between these countries. They offer various explanations of this phenomenon. In addition, they find that the student's attitude toward cheating depends on the student's educational level (high school, undergraduate, postgraduate). Finally, they show that the data from the sample can be aggregated in a natural and elegant way, and they suggest a tolerance-of-cheating index for each country.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal The Journal of Economic Education.

Volume (Year): 33 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 125-135

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Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:33:y:2002:i:2:p:125-135
DOI: 10.1080/00220480209596462
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