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Title: AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH TO INVESTIGATING HONESTY AND ASSET LEGITIMACY.
Authors: ALOYSIUS CHAN JUN HAO
Issue Date: 9-Apr-2018
Citation: ALOYSIUS CHAN JUN HAO (2018-04-09). AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH TO INVESTIGATING HONESTY AND ASSET LEGITIMACY.. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Many people forgo benefits by being honest, even when there is no chance of being caught lying. However, factors affecting honesty have not been fully explored. In this paper, I conduct an experiment on Amazon Mechanical Turk to study whether asset legitimacy and social preferences affect dishonesty. Participants could lie without getting caught, and experimental groups differed along two dimensions: whether lying benefits oneself or others, and whether the benefit was earned by the beneficiary. Contrary to the extant literature, I find evidence of dishonesty across all groups, with cheating rates ranging from 36% to 82%. I also find that when asset legitimacy is experimentally induced, participants are 13.2 percentage points more likely to report the reward-yielding outcome if the reward accrues to oneself, but are not more likely to report the reward-yielding outcome if the reward accrues to others.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/146963
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