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Representative evidence on lying costs

Authors
  • Abeler, Johannes
  • Becker, Anke
  • Falk, Armin1, 2
  • 1 University of Oxford
  • 2 University of Bonn
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Public Economics
Publisher
Elsevier BV
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Accepted Date
Jan 07, 2014
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2014.01.005
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
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Abstract

•We conduct a truth-telling experiment with a representative population sample at home.•Participants have clear monetary incentives to misreport; detection is impossible.•Aggregate reporting is close to the expected truthful distribution.•Our results suggest that lying costs are strong and widespread.•Additional lab experiments explore what shapes lying costs.

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