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Asymmetric default bias in dishonesty – how defaults work but only when in one’s favor

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  • Toke Reinholt Fosgaard

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Based on a dice rolling task where participants can cheat on the outcome, this paper asks if default answers change dishonesty? The paper finds that various default answers have asymmetric effects. Compared to not having a default answer at all, providing a low default answer, or adding the expected mean as the default answer when participants report the outcome of the task do not affect behavior. Adding a high default answer, however, significantly increases the reported outcome.

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  • Toke Reinholt Fosgaard, 2013. "Asymmetric default bias in dishonesty – how defaults work but only when in one’s favor," IFRO Working Paper 2013/8, University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:foi:wpaper:2013_8
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    1. Johannes Abeler & Daniele Nosenzo & Collin Raymond, 2016. "Preferences for Truth-Telling," CESifo Working Paper Series 6087, CESifo Group Munich.

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    Keywords

    Dice task; Cheating; Default bias;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles

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