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American Economic Review: Vol. 103 No. 1 (February 2013)

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Preferences for Truthfulness: Heterogeneity among and within Individuals

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Gibson, Rajna, Carmen Tanner, and Alexander F. Wagner. 2013. "Preferences for Truthfulness: Heterogeneity among and within Individuals." American Economic Review, 103(1): 532-48.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.1.532

Abstract

We conduct an experiment assessing the extent to which people trade off the economic costs of truthfulness against the intrinsic costs of lying. The results allow us to reject a type-based model. People's preferences for truthfulness do not identify them as only either "economic types" (who care only about consequences) or "ethical types" (who care only about process). Instead, we find that preferences for truthfulness are heterogeneous among individuals. Moreover, when examining possible sources of intrinsic costs of lying and their interplay with economic costs of truthfulness, we find that preferences for truthfulness are also heterogeneous within individuals.

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Gibson, Rajna (Swiss Finance Institute and U Geneva)
Tanner, Carmen (U Zurich)
Wagner, Alexander F. (U Zurich and Harvard U)

JEL Classifications

A13: Relation of Economics to Social Values
C91: Design of Experiments: Laboratory, Individual
D12: Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
Z13: Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification


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