Friends and exam cheating: An experimental study in Thailand

Tanapong Potipiti*, Sorravich Kingsuwankul

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This paper investigates the peer effects of friends on exam cheating among Thai students. The peer effects were introduced by recruiting pairs offriends as experimental subjects.In the experiment, the subjects solved math problems and were paid according to their scores. Half of the subjects sat with friends and the other half sat with strangers. The peer effects of friends were studied by comparing the cheating behaviors ofthese two groups of subjects.The subjects could cheat by over stating their scores, or by copying their answers from the person sitting next to him or her. The findings revealed no significant peer effects on overstating, while there were positive peer effects in terms of copying, which requires some cooperation from peers. Nonetheless, when both over stating and copying opportunities were feasible, the peer effectson copying disappearedas the subjects opted to over state their own scores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-255
Number of pages6
JournalKasetsart Journal of Social Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the National Research Council of Thailand and The Thailand Research Fund for funding this study under the SIAM Lab project (Research and Cooperation for Corruption Free Thailand. Project Code: SRI59X0604).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Kasetsart University. Publishing services by Elsevier B.V.


  • Cheating
  • Experiment
  • Friends
  • Peer effects

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