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The impact of peer presence on cheating


Bäker, Agnes; Mechtel, Mario (2019). The impact of peer presence on cheating. Economic Inquiry, 57(2):792-812.

Abstract

Recent research has shown that the presence of peers can increase individual output both in the lab and the field. This paper tests for negative side effects of such peer settings. We investigate whether peer settings are particularly prone to cheating even if they do not provide additional monetary benefits of cheating. Participants in our real‐effort experiment had the opportunity to cheat when declaring their output levels. Although cheating did not have different monetary consequences when working alone than when working in the presence of a peer, we find that cheating is a more severe problem in peer settings.

Abstract

Recent research has shown that the presence of peers can increase individual output both in the lab and the field. This paper tests for negative side effects of such peer settings. We investigate whether peer settings are particularly prone to cheating even if they do not provide additional monetary benefits of cheating. Participants in our real‐effort experiment had the opportunity to cheat when declaring their output levels. Although cheating did not have different monetary consequences when working alone than when working in the presence of a peer, we find that cheating is a more severe problem in peer settings.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:April 2019
Deposited On:05 Sep 2019 12:15
Last Modified:04 Feb 2020 15:08
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0095-2583
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12760
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:18100

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