Is Corruption Contagious?
Last year three Cincinnati City Council members were indicted on federal bribery charges, leading many to believe there is a culture of corruption at City Hall. But what leads a person to cheat? With so many members of council allegedly gaming the system, is corruption contagious?
Duke University researcher Dan Ariely says corruption spreads like the plague. Ariely has conducted experiments into corruption using a virtual dice that students throw in return for a reward. The experiment created a moral dilemma in which people had an incentive to lie.
Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the psychology behind corruption is Duke University James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics and Center for Advanced Hindsight Founding Member Dan Ariely.
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