Dishonesty and Risk-Taking: Compliance Decisions of Individuals and Groups

Fochmann, Martin; Kocher, Martin G.ORCID:; Müller, Nadja and Wolf, Nadja (August 2019) Dishonesty and Risk-Taking: Compliance Decisions of Individuals and Groups. IHS Working Paper Series 8, 52 p.

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Unethical behavior in organizations is usually associated with the risk of negative consequences for the organization and for the involved managers if being detected. The existing experimental literature in economics has so far mainly focused on the analysis of unethical behavior in environments that involve no fines or similar monetary consequences. In the current paper, we use a tax compliance framework to study (un-)ethical behavior of individuals and small groups. Our results show that groups are clearly less compliant than individuals. The risk of being detected is the most important aspect in the group communication process when deciding on compliance.

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: Dishonesty, lying, compliance, risk-taking, group decisions, communication, norms, experiment
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): JEL C91, C92, D03, H26
Research Units: Current Research Groups > IHS general publications
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2019 08:53
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 13:48

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