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.

Ethics, Genetic, Heterogeneity, Individual differences, Variation
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2013.05.001, hdl.handle.net/1765/41617
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Loewen, P.J, Dawes, C.T, Mazar, N, Johannesson, M, Koellinger, Ph.D, & Magnusson, P.K. (2013). The heritability of moral standards for everyday dishonesty. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 93, 363–366. doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2013.05.001