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Dishonesty and Risk-Taking: Compliance Decisions of Individuals and Groups

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  • Fochmann, Martin

    (Freie Universität Berlin and University of Cologne)

  • Kocher, Martin G.

    (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, University of Vienna, and University of Gothenburg)

  • Müller, Nadja

    (University of Cologne)

  • Wolf, Nadja

    (University of Hannover)

Abstract

Unethical behavior in organizations is usually associated with the risk of negative consequences for the organization and for the involved managers if being detected. The existing experimental literature in economics has so far mainly focused on the analysis of unethical behavior in environments that involve no fines or similar monetary consequences. In the current paper, we use a tax compliance framework to study (un-)ethical behavior of individuals and small groups. Our results show that groups are clearly less compliant than individuals. The risk of being detected is the most important aspect in the group communication process when deciding on compliance.

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  • Fochmann, Martin & Kocher, Martin G. & Müller, Nadja & Wolf, Nadja, 2019. "Dishonesty and Risk-Taking: Compliance Decisions of Individuals and Groups," IHS Working Paper Series 8, Institute for Advanced Studies.
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    Dishonesty; lying; compliance; risk-taking; group decisions; communication; norms; experiment;
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    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance

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