The authors thank the Editor and two anonymous reviewers for prescient comments on a prior version of this paper. We are indebted to Martin Dufwenberg and John List for their generous advice on this research; to Bruce Beattie, Dennis Cory, George Frisvold, Paul Wilson, Alex Whalley, Todd Neumann, Trevor Kollmann, Jennifer Pullen, and Jon Carlson for their generosity with class time; and to Gautam Gupta, Sanmitra Ghosh, Abhishek Das, Nilay Tikadar, Bijoy Sarkar, Daisy Paniagua, and Shannon Iraniha for their help in running experiments. We are also grateful to seminar participants at the University of Arizona, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Merced, NC State, Purdue, University of Nebraska, Cal Poly, and the University of Washington for a variety of helpful suggestions, particularly Subhasish Dugar and Chuck Knoeber. The usual disclaimer applies.
IS DISHONESTY CONTAGIOUS?
Article first published online: 31 MAY 2012
© 2012 Western Economic Association International
Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 722–734, January 2013
How to Cite
ROBERT, I. and ARNAB, M. (2013), IS DISHONESTY CONTAGIOUS?. Economic Inquiry, 51: 722–734. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-7295.2012.00470.x
- Issue published online: 29 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 31 MAY 2012
When an individual believes that peers are predominantly untruthful in a given situation, is he/she more likely to be untruthful in that situation? We study this question in deception experiments patterned after Gneezy [Gneezy U. “Deception: The Role of Consequences.” American Economic Review, 95, 2005, 384–94] and conducted in Arizona, California, and India. We find evidence that dishonesty is indeed contagious. (JEL D03)