The heritability of moral standards for everyday dishonesty

Peter J. Loewen*, Christopher T. Dawes, Nina Mazar, Magnus Johannesson, Philipp Koellinger, Patrik K.E. Magnusson

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Abstract

Previous research on the acceptability of dishonest actions has focused on the role of social norms and internal reward mechanisms. Using a sample of over 2000 Swedish adult twins, this manuscript examines whether there exists another source that is driving differences in perceptions of the acceptability of dishonest actions: genetic variation. We find that much of the variation in perceptions of the acceptability of dishonest actions is attributable to genetic variation between individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-366
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Volume93
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013

Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Genetic
  • Heterogeneity
  • Individual differences
  • Variation

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