Why do people tell the truth? Experimental evidence for pure lie aversion

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dc.contributor.author López Pérez, Raúl
dc.contributor.author Spiegelman, Eli
dc.contributor.other UAM. Departamento de Análisis Económico, Teoría Económica e Historia Económica es_ES
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-25T14:58:53Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-25T14:58:53Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-19
dc.identifier.citation Experimental Economics 3.16 (2012): 233-247 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1386-4157
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10486/667047 en
dc.description.abstract A recent experimental literature shows that truth-telling is not always motivated by pecuniary motives, and several alternative motivations have been proposed. However, their relative importance in any given context is still not totally clear. This paper investigates the relevance of pure lie aversion, that is, a dislike for lies independent of their consequences. We propose a very simple design where other motives considered in the literature predict zero truth-telling, whereas pure lie aversion predicts a non-zero rate. Thus we interpret the finding that more than a third of the subjects tell the truth as evidence for pure lie aversion. Our design also prevents confounds with another motivation (a desire to act as others expect us to act) not frequently considered but consistent with much existing evidence. We also observe that subjects who tell the truth are more likely to believe that others will tell the truth as well. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Education through the research project ECO2008-00510 en_US
dc.format.extent 17 pag.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.relation.ispartof Experimental Economics en_US
dc.rights © Economic Science Association 2012 en_US
dc.subject.other Communication en_US
dc.subject.other Honesty es_ES
dc.subject.other Guilt aversion en_US
dc.subject.other Lie aversion en_US
dc.subject.other Norms en_US
dc.title Why do people tell the truth? Experimental evidence for pure lie aversion en_US
dc.type article en_US
dc.subject.eciencia Economía es_ES
dc.subject.eciencia Sociología es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10683-012-9324-x en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10683-012-9324-X
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 233
dc.identifier.publicationissue 3
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 247
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 16
dc.relation.projectID Ministerio de Educación. ECO2008-00510 es_ES
dc.relation.projectID Ministerio de Educación. ECO2008-00510 es_ES
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion en
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess en_US
dc.authorUAM López Pérez, Raúl (261598)


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