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Laboratory measure of cheating predicts school misconduct


Cohn, Alain; Maréchal, Michel (2016). Laboratory measure of cheating predicts school misconduct. Working paper series / Department of Economics 205, University of Zurich.

Abstract

We conducted an experiment with middle and high school students to test the external validity of a common laboratory measure of cheating. Subjects performed several coin tosses and earned money depending on the outcomes they reported. Because the coin tosses were not monitored, subjects faced a financial incentive to misreport their outcomes without having to worry about getting caught. We linked the responses from the lab experiment with three measures of school misconduct (i.e., disruptiveness in class, failure to complete homework, and absenteeism). The findings show that cheating in the lab significantly predicts misbehavior in school, suggesting that the experimental measure of cheating generalizes qualitatively to naturally occurring environments.

Abstract

We conducted an experiment with middle and high school students to test the external validity of a common laboratory measure of cheating. Subjects performed several coin tosses and earned money depending on the outcomes they reported. Because the coin tosses were not monitored, subjects faced a financial incentive to misreport their outcomes without having to worry about getting caught. We linked the responses from the lab experiment with three measures of school misconduct (i.e., disruptiveness in class, failure to complete homework, and absenteeism). The findings show that cheating in the lab significantly predicts misbehavior in school, suggesting that the experimental measure of cheating generalizes qualitatively to 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, school misbehavior
Language:English
Date:February 2016
Deposited On:30 Sep 2015 14:20
Last Modified:16 Aug 2017 13:27
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
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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