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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Laboratory measure of cheating predicts school misconduct
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  • Alain Cohn
  • Michel Maréchal
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Series Name Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number 205
ISSN 1664-7041
Number of Pages 15
Date 2017
Abstract Text Laboratory experiments provide insights into the drivers of cheating behaviour, but it is unclear to what extent cheating in the lab generalizes to the field. We conducted an experiment with middle and high school students to test whether a common laboratory measure of cheating predicts three types of school misconduct: (i) disruptiveness in class, (ii) homework non-completion, and (iii) absenteeism. We find that students who cheat in the experimental task are more likely to misbehave at school, suggesting that experimental measures of cheating generalize to rule violating behaviour in naturally occurring environments.
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Keywords Cheating, honesty, experiment, external validity, misconduct, Betrug, Experiment, abweichendes Verhalten, Schulbetrug, Ehrlichkeit
Additional Information Revised version ; former title: Laboratory measure of cheating predicts misbehavior at school