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Title:Size matters: When it comes to lies PDF Logo
Authors:Eisenkopf, Gerald
Gurtoviy, Ruslan
Utikal, Verena
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:IAAEG discussion paper series 02/2011
Abstract:A small lie appears trivial but it obviously violates moral commandments. We analyze whether the preference for others' truth telling is absolute or depends on the size of a lie. In a laboratory experiment we compare punishment for different sizes of lies controlling for the resulting economic harm. We find that people are sensitive to the size of a lie and that this behavioral pattern is driven by honest people. People who lie themselves punish softly in any context.
Subjects:Lying
norm violation
punishment
experiment
JEL:C91
D03
D82
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IAAEU Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Institut für Arbeitsrecht und Arbeitsbeziehungen in der Europäischen Union, Trier

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