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Business culture and dishonesty in the banking industry

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, November 2014
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Title
Business culture and dishonesty in the banking industry
Published in
Nature, November 2014
DOI 10.1038/nature13977
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Authors

Alain Cohn, Ernst Fehr, Michel André Maréchal

Abstract

Trust in others' honesty is a key component of the long-term performance of firms, industries, and even whole countries. However, in recent years, numerous scandals involving fraud have undermined confidence in the financial industry. Contemporary commentators have attributed these scandals to the financial sector's business culture, but no scientific evidence supports this claim. Here we show that employees of a large, international bank behave, on average, honestly in a control condition. However, when their professional identity as bank employees is rendered salient, a significant proportion of them become dishonest. This effect is specific to bank employees because control experiments with employees from other industries and with students show that they do not become more dishonest when their professional identity or bank-related items are rendered salient. Our results thus suggest that the prevailing business culture in the banking industry weakens and undermines the honesty norm, implying that measures to re-establish an honest culture are very important.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 10 1%
Switzerland 8 1%
Germany 7 <1%
United States 6 <1%
France 5 <1%
Japan 3 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
India 1 <1%
Other 11 1%
Unknown 739 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 199 25%
Student > Master 128 16%
Researcher 91 11%
Student > Bachelor 81 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 52 7%
Other 161 20%
Unknown 82 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 157 20%
Business, Management and Accounting 133 17%
Psychology 131 16%
Social Sciences 72 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 48 6%
Other 135 17%
Unknown 118 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1169. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 May 2020.
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#4,416
of 15,551,195 outputs
Outputs from Nature
#644
of 74,985 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#51
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Outputs of similar age from Nature
#11
of 913 outputs
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