Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141461
Authors: 
Dai, Zhixin
Galeotti, Fabio
Villeval, Marie Claire
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9702
Abstract: 
We conduct an artefactual field experiment using a diversified sample of passengers of public transportations to study attitudes towards dishonesty. We find that the diversity of behavior in terms of dis/honesty in laboratory tasks and in the field correlate. Moreover, individuals who have just been fined in the field behave more honestly in the lab than the other fare-dodgers, except when context is introduced. Overall, we show that simple tests of dishonesty in the lab can predict moral firmness in life, although frauders who care about social image cheat less when behavior can be verified ex post by the experimenter.
Subjects: 
dishonesty
fare-dodging
field experiment
external validity
public transportations
JEL: 
B41
C91
C93
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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