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Gender Differences in Repeated Dishonest Behavior: Experimental Evidence

Chowdhury, Subhasish and Jeon, Joo Young and Kim, Chulyoung and Kim, Sang-Hyun (2021): Gender Differences in Repeated Dishonest Behavior: Experimental Evidence.

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Abstract

We investigate gender difference in lying behavior when the opportunity to tell lies is repeated. In specific, we distinguish the situations in which such an opportunity can be planned versus when it comes as a surprise. We use data from an existing study (Chowdhury et al., 2021) and show that when the opportunity to tell a lie comes as a surprise, then on the first occasion, males lie more than females. However, when telling lies can be planned, there is no gender difference in telling a lie. When planning is possible, females tell more lies in the first occasion than when it is not. Males do not show such behavior. On the second and final occasion, males lie more than females only when they either could not plan but had an opportunity to lie before or could plan but did not have to tell a lie before.

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