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Contract cheating & the market in essays

Rigby, D., Burton, M., Balcombe, K., Bateman, I. and Mulatu, A. (2015) Contract cheating & the market in essays. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 111. pp. 23-37. ISSN 0167-2681

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2014.12.019


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.

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Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Agri-Food Economics & Marketing
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