Under the Radar: Determinants of Honesty in an Online Labor Market

Online subject pools depend on participants’ honesty. After establishing a baseline level of dishonesty on Mechanical Turk, we manipulate the incentives to cheat and the probability of detection. We find that workers act like intuitive statisticians, cheating at a level below statistical detection at the individual, but not aggregate, level.



Citation:

Daniel G. Goldstein, Winter Mason, and Siddharth Suri (2012) ,"Under the Radar: Determinants of Honesty in an Online Labor Market", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 40, eds. Zeynep Gürhan-Canli, Cele Otnes, and Rui (Juliet) Zhu, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 112-116.

Authors

Daniel G. Goldstein, Yahoo! Research, USA
Winter Mason, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Siddharth Suri, Yahoo! Research, USA



Volume

NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 40 | 2012



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