[VCEE Seminar] VCEE seminar 4.12.2020 online

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Mon Nov 30 09:17:40 CET 2020

Dear members and friends of the VCEE,

You are invited to attend the VCEE seminar on Friday, December 4, 2020, from 10:00 to 11:30 hrs Vienna time.

We will have one speaker: Menusch Khadjavi (U Amsterdam)

This seminar will be held online via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting
I invite you stay on after the talk to discuss the presented paper with Menusch.

You'll need to install Zoom in order to join the seminar.
If you don't have Zoom already, you can simply click right now on the link above; you'll then be prompted to install it.
If you already have Zoom you can also use the following information:

Meeting ID: 839 4779 2640

Passcode: 0BwUHr
If you need help, feel free to contact Philipp (philipp.kuelpmann at univie.ac.at<mailto:philipp.kuelpmann at univie.ac.at>).

The schedule is:
- 9:40: the waiting room opens
- 9:55: we let everyone into the seminar room
- 10:00--11:00: Menusch Khadjavi's talk
- Afterwards open discussion with everyone

Here is more information about the talk:

Menusch Khadjavi (U Amsterdam)

Do Scientists Tell the Truth? Evidence from a Field Experiment

Academic honesty is crucial for the advancement of and trust in science. However, survey evidence suggests that a considerable number of scientists engage in questionable research practices. Motivated by identity economics theory, we provide evidence on incentivized truth-telling behavior of scientists by means of an online field experiment. We conduct an established coin-tossing task with 437 members of an international scientific organization, in which participants face a trade-off between monetary incentives of lying and honest reporting. In particular, we compare reporting behavior across two treatments, either making the private or professional identity more salient. We find that fewer scientists over-report winning tail tosses in the professional identity treatment. Yet we also find that scientists over-report tail tosses compared to the truthful distribution even in the professional identity treatment. While honesty norms associated with the scientific identity thus seem to increase truth-telling, academia still has to further foster norms of honest behavior and enforce measures for preventing scientific misbehavior.

Best regards,
Wieland Müller
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