Fraud prevention by using smarter forms: development of ‘anti-fraud’ nudges

Fraud has been studied a lot in behavioral economics. Why do people obey the rules when it might be more beneficial not to do it? In the present study we want to experiment with ‘moral nudges’ to prevent fraud. For instance, signing at the beginning or at the end of a form does matter (Shu et al. 2012).


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Shu, L. L., Mazar, N., Gino, F., Ariely, D., & Bazerman, M. H. (2012). Signing at the beginning makes ethics salient and decreases dishonest self-reports in comparison to signing at the end. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(38), 15197-15200.