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Lecture 11

Lecture 11

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ECN 340
Thomas Barbiero

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Cheating & Lying
This is about breaking social rules:
1. Cheating
2. Lying
The Economics of Cheating:
Continual problem at all educational institutions
30 – 40% of students cheat
In experiments, moral appeal had no effect whatsoever
Moreloveable” and “understanding” the instructor, the more cheating occurs
Most in need of mark are more likely to cheat
Still,no one is honest or dishonest by nature
oIndividual asks: What are the gains & losses from cheating?
Cost to Cheater:
Bad conscience
But what if there isno” conscience
oEquals no internal constraints
oInternal vs. External constraints
Amoral students may cheat under the right circumstances (Which?)
oOnly if the chances of getting caught are small
An immoral student may not cheat under certain circumstances (Which?)
oIf chances of getting caught are high
Cost to Other Students:
Who is hurt most by student(s) cheating?
Is the professor hurt by the cheating?
It’s a cost to others because it de-values other students’ achievement
Students should strongly oppose cheating by fellow students
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