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ERIC Number: EJ782757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 35
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Peer Effects in Academic Cheating
Carrell, Scott E.; Malmstrom, Frederick V.; West, James E.
Journal of Human Resources, v43 n1 p173-207 Win 2008
Using self-reported academic cheating from the classes of 1959 through 2002 at the three major United States military service academies (Air Force, Army, and Navy), we measure how peer cheating influences individual cheating behavior. We find higher levels of peer cheating result in a substantially increased probability that an individual will cheat. One additional college student who cheated in high school drives approximately 0.33 to 0.47 additional college students to cheat. One additional college cheater drives approximately 0.61 to 0.75 additional college students to cheat. These results imply, in equilibrium, the social multiplier for academic cheating is approximately three. (Contains 10 tables, 1 figure, and 34 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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