Honest on Mondays: Honesty and the temporal separation between decisions and payoffs

Bradley J. Ruffle, Yossef Tobol

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Abstract

We show that temporally distancing the decision task from the payment of the reward increases honest behavior. Each of 427 Israeli soldiers fulfilling their mandatory military service rolled a six-sided die in private and reported the outcome to the unit's cadet coordinator. For every point reported, the soldier received an additional half-hour early release from the army base on Thursday afternoon. Soldiers who participated on Sunday (the first work day of the week) are significantly more honest than those who participated later in the week. We derive practical implications for eliciting honesty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-135
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Volume65
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Experimental economics
  • Honesty
  • Soldiers
  • Temporal distance

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