Selection into Leadership and Dishonest Behavior of Leaders: A Gender Experiment

Grosch, KerstinORCID:; Müller, Stephan; Rau, Holger A. and Wasserka-Zhurakhovska, Lilia (December 2022) Selection into Leadership and Dishonest Behavior of Leaders: A Gender Experiment. IHS Working Paper Series 19, 32 p.

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Leaders often weigh ethical against monetary consequences. We experimentally study such a dilemma where leaders can benefit their groups at the expense of moral costs. First, we measure individual dishonesty preferences and, second, leaders’ reporting decisions for a group by using payoff-reporting games. We focus on an endogenous leadership setting, where subjects can apply for leadership. Women have less pronounced dishonesty preferences than men, but increase dishonesty as leaders. The increase disappears when leadership is randomly assigned. A follow-up study reveals that women leaders behave dishonestly when they believe their group members prefer dishonesty.

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: leadership, decision for others, lab experiment, gender differences, dishonesty
Funders: University of Goettingen, University of Duisburg-Essen
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): C91, H26, J16
Research Units: Former Research Units (until 2020) > Insight Austria
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2023 09:19
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2024 06:00

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