Selection into Leadership and Dishonest Behavior of Leaders: A Gender Experiment
37 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2020
Date Written: 2020
Leaders often have to weigh ethical against monetary consequences. We experimentally analyze such a dilemma. We measure individual honesty preferences in a payoff reporting game. Subsequently, subjects can apply for leadership and report payoffs for a group. In a control, we assign leadership randomly. Women behave less dishonestly than men when reporting for themselves. They increase dishonesty when deciding as leaders. In the control, female leaders do not increase dishonesty. We find that honesty preferences do not explain women’s selection into leadership. A follow-up reveals that women who select into leadership become dishonest when believing that group members prefer dishonesty.
Keywords: leadership, decision for others, lab experiment, gender differences, dishonesty
JEL Classification: C910, H260, J160
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