Who never tells a lie? [Data set and Programs]


I experimentally investigate the hypothesis that many people avoid lying even in a situation where doing so would result in a Pareto improvement. Replicating (Erat and Gneezy, Management Science 58, 723-733, 2012), I find that a significant fraction of subjects tell the truth in a sender-receiver game where both subjects earn a higher payoff when the partner makes an incorrect guess regarding the roll of a die. However, a non-incentivized questionnaire indicates that the vast majority of these subjects expected their partner not to follow their message. I conduct two new experiments explicitly designed to test for a 'pure' aversion to lying, and find no evidence for the existence of such a motivation. I discuss the implications of the findings for moral behavior and rule following more generally.

DOI https://doi.org/10.11588/data/10087
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.1007/s10683-016-9491-2
Metadata Access https://heidata.uni-heidelberg.de/oai?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_datacite&identifier=doi:10.11588/data/10087
Creator Vanberg, Christoph (Alfred-Weber-Institute of Economics)
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Contributor Christoph Vanberg, Bergheimer Str. 58, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany, Phone: +49 6221 54 2912, Fax: +49 6221 54 3592; Vanberg, Christoph; heiDATA: Heidelberg Research Data Repository
Publication Year 2016
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Contact Christoph Vanberg, Bergheimer Str. 58, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany, Phone: +49 6221 54 2912, Fax: +49 6221 54 3592 (Alfred-Weber-Institute of Economics)
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