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Lying and age: An experimental study

Daniela Glätzle-Rützler () and Philipp Lergetporer

Journal of Economic Psychology, 2015, vol. 46, issue C, 12-25

Abstract: Lying and deceiving is present not only in adults but also among children and teenagers and represents an economically and psychological relevant behavioral trait. It is therefore surprising that evidence from economic experiments on deceptive behavior in children and teenagers is scarce. In this paper, we study how age influences the propensity to tell “black” and “white” lies in a sample of 383 children and teenagers aged 10/11 and 15/16years. Our results show that a non-negligible fraction of subjects in both age cohorts exhibits lying-aversion and that the propensity to lie decreases significantly with age.

Keywords: White lies; Lying; Deception; Experiment; Children; Teenagers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D03 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1016/j.joep.2014.11.002

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