I'd lie for you

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Date: Sept. 2019
From: European Economic Review(Vol. 118)
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers
Document Type: Report
Length: 165 words

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Keywords Altruistic lies; In-group favoritism; Lying; Lab-in-the-field experiment; Italy Abstract We examine experimentally whether individuals engage in altruistic lying, and whether they are more inclined to engage in altruistic lying for in-groups rather than out-groups. We embark in a lab-in-the-field experiment to take advantage of a naturally occurring in-group -- out-group formation of Southerner and Northerner Italians. The cultural variations between Northern and Southern Italy appear to trigger different behavior across the two participant pools. Although neither Northerners nor Southerners are willing to lie to help an out-group, the latter are significantly more likely to lie to help 'one of their people'. Author Affiliation: (a) New York University Abu Dhabi and Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, NYUAD Saadiyat Island, Building A5, Office A5 179, PO Box 129188, Abu Dhabi, UAE (b) Dodena Center for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy, Bocconi University, Milan * Corresponding author. Article History: Received 2 February 2019; Accepted 28 May 2019 Byline: Georgia Michailidou [georgina@nyu.edu] (a,*), Valentina Rotondi (b)

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