Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/185258
Authors: 
Garbarino, Ellen
Slonim, Robert
Villeval, Marie Claire
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 11798
Abstract: 
Studying the likelihood that individuals cheat requires a valid statistical measure of dishonesty. We develop an easy empirical method to measure and compare lying behavior within and across studies to correct for sampling errors. This method estimates the full distribution of lying when agents privately observe the outcome of a random process (e.g., die roll) and can misreport what they observed. It provides a precise estimate of the mean and confidence interval (offering lower and upper bounds on the proportion of people lying) over the full distribution, allowing for a vast range of statistical inferences not generally available with existing methods.
Subjects: 
sampling errors
econometric estimation
lying
dishonesty
experimental economics
JEL: 
C91
C81
D03
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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