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Deception: The Role of Guilt

  • Pierpaolo Battigalli
  • Gary Charness
  • Martin Dufwenberg

Gneezy (2005) reports evidence indicating that in some settings people do not like to lie. In many other situations people do not suffer when they lie. We argue that the theory of simple guilt can accommodate these observations.

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Paper provided by IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University in its series Working Papers with number 457.

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Date of creation: 2012
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