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Laboratory measure of cheating predicts school misconduct


Cohn, Alain; Maréchal, Michel (2017). Laboratory measure of cheating predicts school misconduct. Working paper series / Department of Economics 205, University of Zurich.

Abstract

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.

Abstract

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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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:C93, K42
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cheating, honesty, experiment, external validity, misconduct
Language:English
Date:November 2017
Deposited On:30 Sep 2015 14:20
Last Modified:19 Mar 2018 07:46
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:15
ISSN:1664-7041
Additional Information:Revised version ; former title: Laboratory measure of cheating predicts misbehavior at school
OA Status:Green
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp205.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers-new.php

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