Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71620
Authors: 
Ruffle, Bradley J.
Tobol, Yossi
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 7312
Abstract: 
We show that temporally distancing the decision task from the payment of the reward increases honest behavior. Each of 427 Israeli soldiers fulfilling their mandatory military service rolled a six-sided die in private and reported the outcome to the unit's cadet coordinator. For every point reported, the soldier received an additional half-hour early release from the army base on Thursday afternoon. Soldiers who participated on Sunday (the first work day of the week) are significantly more honest than those who participated later in the week. We derive practical implications for eliciting honesty.
Subjects: 
experimental economics
honesty
temporal distance
soldiers
JEL: 
C93
D63
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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