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Laboratory measure of cheating predicts school misconduct


Cohn, Alain; Maréchal, Michel André (2018). Laboratory measure of cheating predicts school misconduct. Economic Journal, 128(615):2743-2754.

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:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Language:English
Date:1 November 2018
Deposited On:26 Jan 2018 16:11
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 06:53
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0013-0133
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12572

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