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Social preferences and honesty - an experimental analysis
Last registered on June 30, 2016

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Social preferences and honesty - an experimental analysis
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001018
Initial registration date
January 29, 2016
Last updated
June 30, 2016 2:32 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Choice Lab, Norwegian School of Economics
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2016-02-02
End date
2016-09-05
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The project studies if there are any systematic differences in social preferences between managers and people in general. More specifically, the project examines if the sources of income and the cost of redistribution matter for people in the two groups when they make distribution decisions. Given this information, we can study the prevalence of different fairness ideals in the two groups. That is, are people motivated by different moral norms when they decide on important distributive issues?
Additionally, the project measures existence of dishonesty. It aims at mapping any pattern of lying behaviour amongst managers and people in general, and test for any difference in this pattern between the two groups. The project also aims to explore if a high degree of honesty in a group correlates with social preferences in the group.
Next, the project examines if there is a relationship between distributive choices and attitudes towards materialistic values and willingness to compete, respectively. The project also aims to explore if there is a correlation on group level between existence of dishonesty and focus on materialistic values and willingness to compete, respectively.
Finally, if there are differences between the two groups regarding these questions, how can it be explained? Do demographic and/or socio-economic variables make a difference? Are managers – for example – initially more concerned with economic incentives than others, and thus have selected a working carrier accordingly, or have exposure to economic incentives influenced their behaviour over time?
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Hole, Astri Drange. 2016. "Social preferences and honesty - an experimental analysis." AEA RCT Registry. June 30. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1018-2.0.
Former Citation
Hole, Astri Drange. 2016. "Social preferences and honesty - an experimental analysis." AEA RCT Registry. June 30. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1018/history/9178.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2016-02-02
Intervention End Date
2016-02-09
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
How different sources of income and cost of redistribution affect redistribution behaviour of managers and people in general.
Is the difference in dishonest reporting between primed and no primed managers the same as the difference between dishonest reporting in primed an no primed people in general?
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Web based survey experiment with two phases and three treatments.
A toss a coin experiment with priming
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomisation by a computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
200 managers and 200 representaitve population
Sample size: planned number of observations
3600
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
400
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers