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Children and cheating: A field experiment with individuals and teams

Author: Mgr. Václav Korbel
Year: 2013 - summer
Leaders: doc. PhDr. Julie Chytilová Ph.D.
Work type: Finance, Financial Markets and Banking
Language: English
Pages: 90
Awards and prizes: M.A. with distinction from the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences for an excellent state-final examination performance and for an extraordinarily good masters diploma thesis.
Abstract: This thesis presents a field experiment drawing interferences on the lying behavioural
patterns among grammar school students. Students were filling in
non-related questionnaire for which they were rewarded. They rolled a dice
and for a corresponding number on a dice they obtained a certain number of
sweets. Students were not controlled therefore they could choose what number
to report. The experiment included one treatment for individuals and two
treatments for groups. The analysis shows that a certain fraction of students
cheated but they often did not exploit the possibility of cheating maximally.
Older students cheated more in comparison with younger students and younger
students deceived more in groups. Last but not least, dishonesty in groups may
also hinge on the family background, namely on the number of siblings. The
model of self-concept maintenance explains the cheating patterns observed in
our experiment best among all discussed models.


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