Title Does the die-under-the-cup device exaggerate cheating?
Authors ALFONSO COSTILLO, ANTONIO, BRAÑAS GARZA, PABLO ERNESTO, LÓPEZ MARTÍN, MARÍA DEL CARMEN
External publication No
Means Econ. Lett.
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 3
SJR Quartile 2
JCR Impact 2.00000
SJR Impact 0.67900
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85126946912&doi=10.1016%2fj.econlet.2022.110424&partnerID=40&md5=613c06a3dc34f4cd86c45a9aa54b2358
Publication date 01/05/2022
ISI 000792767000012
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85126946912
DOI 10.1016/j.econlet.2022.110424
Abstract Using a powered online experiment (774 subjects, 54% female, av. age = 24.27) under the die-under-the-cup paradigm, this paper shows that a minimal variation (reversing payoffs) increases participants’ honesty. Dice numbers and monetary prizes are aligned in the control treatment (1?5€, 2?10€, …, 6?30€), while numbers and monetary prizes go in opposite directions in the reversed treatment (1?30€, 2?25€, …, 6?5€). Although this small variation has no theoretical consequences, it results in more honest behavior. Since the participants in the control and the treatment are identical, we conclude that the observed dishonesty is caused by the task. The effect is stronger for women and older participants. © 2022 Elsevier B.V.
Keywords Die-under-the-cup; Honesty; Order effects; Reversed payoffs
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