Contract cheating & the market in essays

Rigby, Dan, Burton, Michael, Balcombe, Kelvin, Bateman, Ian and Mulatu, Abay (2015) Contract cheating & the market in essays. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 111. pp. 23-37.

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We conduct the first empirical economic investigation of the decision to cheat by university students. We investigate student demand for essays, using hypothetical discrete choice experiments in conjunction with consequential Holt–Laury gambles to derive subjects’ risk preferences. Students’ stated willingness to participate in the essay market, and their valuation of purchased essays, vary with the characteristics of student and institutional environment. Risk preferring students, those working in a non-native language, and those believing they will attain a lower grade are willing to pay more. Purchase likelihoods and essay valuations decline as the probability of detection and associated penalty increase.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cheating,choice experiment,mixed logit,risk preference,gamble,asymmetric information
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Resources, Sustainability and Governance (former - to 2018)
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 14:46
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 13:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2014.12.019


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