The heritability of moral standards for everyday dishonesty

Peter J. Loewen, Christopher T. Dawes, Nina Mazar, Magnus Johannesson, Philipp Koellinger, Patrik K.E. Magnusson

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    Abstract

    Previous research on the acceptability of dishonest actions has focused on the role of social norms and internal reward mechanisms. Using a sample of over 2000 Swedish adult twins, this manuscript examines whether there exists another source that is driving differences in perceptions of the acceptability of dishonest actions: genetic variation. We find that much of the variation in perceptions of the acceptability of dishonest actions is attributable to genetic variation between individuals.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)363-366
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
    Volume93
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2013

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    Keywords

    • Ethics
    • Genetic
    • Heterogeneity
    • Individual differences
    • Variation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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    Loewen, P. J., Dawes, C. T., Mazar, N., Johannesson, M., Koellinger, P., & Magnusson, P. K. E. (2013). The heritability of moral standards for everyday dishonesty. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 93, 363-366. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2013.05.001