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Character or context: What explains behavioural dishonesty in low-income countries?

Ines A. Ferreira, Sam Jones and Jorge Mouco

No wp-2020-98, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: We run a lab-in-the-field experiment with 1,060 university students in Mozambique to examine the correlates of behavioural dishonesty, distinguishing between intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Using an incentivized dice game, which yields direct estimates of the propensity to cheat, we find that the effects of demographic and personality traits (e.g., gender, work ethic) generally run in the opposite direction to previous studies.

Keywords: Cheating; Dice game; Behaviour; Dishonest behaviour; Mozambique; Personality traits; Temperature (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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