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Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
This paper employs two variants of the “mind game” to show how a subtle variation in the game's rules affects cheating. In both variants of the game, cheating is invisible because subjects make their choices purely in their minds. The only difference stems from the ordering of steps that subjects are instructed to follow when playing the game. The order of play has a significant impact on cheating behavior, even though the rules cannot be enforced.
NOTICE: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms, may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol 93, September 2013, DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2013.04.003.
cheating, mind game, rule design, moral image, decision time
Jiang, T. (2013). Cheating in Mind Games: The Subtlety of Rules Matters. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 93 328-336. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2013.04.003
Date Posted: 18 December 2014
This document has been peer reviewed.
JEL classification: C91, D63, H26, K42