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Abeler, Johannes; Falk, Armin; Kosse, Fabian ORCID: 0000-0003-3458-3059 (15. November 2021): Malleability of Preferences for Honesty. Collaborative Research Center Transregio 190, Discussion Paper No. 296


Reporting private information is a key part of economic decision making. A recent litera-ture has found that many people have a preference for honest reporting, contrary to usualeconomic assumptions. In this paper, we investigate whether preferences for honesty aremalleable and what determines them. We experimentally measure preferences for honestyin a sample of children. As our main result, we provide causal evidence on the effect of thesocial environment by randomly enrolling children in a year-long mentoring programme.We find that, about four years after the end of the programme, mentored children aresignificantly more honest.