Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130435
Authors: 
Dwenger, Nadja
Lohse, Tim
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 5805
Abstract: 
We study whether individuals in a face-to-face situation can successfully exert some lying effort to delude others. We exploit data from a laboratory experiment in which participants were asked to assess videotaped statements as being rather truthful or untruthful. The statements are face-to-face tax declarations. The video clips feature each subject twice making the same declaration. But one time the subject is reporting truthfully, the other time willingly untruthfully. This allows us to investigate within-subject differences in trustworthiness. We find that a subject is perceived as more trustworthy if she deceives than if she reports truthfully. It is particularly individuals with dishonest appearance who manage to increase their perceived trustworthiness by up to 15 percent. This is evidence of individuals successfully exerting lying effort.
Subjects: 
lying effort
face-to-face communication
perceived trustworthiness
lie detection
compliance
JEL: 
C91
H31
K42
H26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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