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Laboratory measure of cheating predicts school misconduct

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  • Alain Cohn
  • Michel André Maréchal

Laboratory experiments provide insights into the drivers of cheating behaviour, but it is unclear to what extent cheating in the lab generalizes to the field. We conducted an experiment with middle and high school students to test whether a common laboratory measure of cheating predicts three types of school misconduct: (i) disruptiveness in class, (ii) homework non-completion, and (iii) absenteeism. We find that students who cheat in the experimental task are more likely to misbehave at school, suggesting that experimental measures of cheating generalize to rule violating behaviour in naturally occurring environments.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics - University of Zurich in its series ECON - Working Papers with number 205.

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Date of creation: Sep 2015
Date of revision: Nov 2017
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