Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/206632
Authors: 
Hübler, Olaf
Koch, Melanie
Menkhoff, Lukas
Schmidt, Ulrich
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers No. 1826
Abstract: 
This study tests the prediction that a corrupt government reduces ethical behavior among its citizens. We integrate a standard "cheating" experiment into a broad household survey and find clear support for this prediction: respondents who perceive corruption in state affairs are more likely to cheat. Interestingly, there is a small group of non-conformers. The main relation is robust to consideration of many (largely insignificant) socio-demographic control variables. Attendance of others at the cheating experiment, thus stimulating the reputational concern to be seen as honest, reduces cheating. Again, this does not diminish the predictive role of corruption.
Subjects: 
Cheating
Corruption
Individual Characteristics
Lab-in-the-Field Experiment
JEL: 
D81
D91
D73
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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