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Why (field) experiments on unethical behavior are important: Comparing stated and revealed behavior

Författare och institution:
Yonas Alem (Institutionen för nationalekonomi med statistik); Håkan Eggert (Institutionen för nationalekonomi med statistik); Martin G. Kocher (Institutionen för nationalekonomi med statistik); Remidius Denis Ruhinduka (Institutionen för nationalekonomi med statistik)
Utgiven i serie vid Göteborgs universitet:
Working Papers in Economics (print), ISSN 1403-2473
ISSN:
1403-2465
Antal sidor:
32
Publikationstyp:
Rapport
Förlag:
University of Gothenburg
Förlagsort:
Göteborg
Publiceringsår:
2016
Språk:
engelska
Fulltextlänk:
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Understanding unethical behavior is essential to many phenomena in the real world. We carry out a field experiment in a unique setting that varies the levels of reciprocity and guilt in an ethical decision. A survey more than one year before the field experiment allows us to compare at the individual level stated unethical behavior with revealed behavior in the same situation in the field. Our results indicate a strong discrepancy between stated and revealed behavior, regardless of the specific treatment in the field experiment. This suggests that, given a natural setting, people may actually behave inconsistently with the way in which they otherwise “brand” themselves. Our findings raise caution about the interpretation of stated behavioral measures commonly used in research on unethical behavior. However, we show that inducing reciprocity and guilt leads to a decrease in unethical behavior.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ->
Ekonomi och näringsliv ->
Nationalekonomi
Nyckelord:
Honesty, kindness, guilt, field experiment, behavioral economics
Postens nummer:
238203
Posten skapad:
2016-06-23 13:10

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