A must lie situation – avoiding giving negative feedback

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We examine under what conditions people provide accurate feedback to others. We use feedback regarding attractiveness, a trait people care about, and for which objective information is hard to obtain. Our results show that people avoid giving accurate face-to-face feedback to less attractive individuals, even if lying in this context comes at a monetary cost to both the person who gives the feedback and the receiver. A substantial increase of these costs does not increase the accuracy of feedback. However, when feedback is provided anonymously, the aversion to giving negative feedback is reduced.

TidsskriftGames and Economic Behavior
Sider (fra-til)445-454
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - 1 mar. 2017
Eksternt udgivetJa

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