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Understanding (Dis)honesty.

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It is almost impossible to open a newspaper or turn on a television without being exposed to a report of dishonest behavior of one type or another. Names such as Enron, Tyco, and Arthur Andersen provide extreme examples; other examples include cheating on taxes, insurance fraud, and employee theft. This large number of instances of unethical behavior raises the question of why people behave dishonestly. A possible answer is provided by a rational, economics-based framework, according to which individuals engage in a cost-benefit calculation that leads to the ultimate decision about dishonesty. In this talk, I propose a different answer for the question of why people behave dishonestly. I argue that a psychological perspective provides a more understanding of dishonesty. The talk will cover recent evidence on the drivers that can lead even good people to cross ethical boundaries.

This talk is part of the Social Psychology Seminar Series (SPSS) series.

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