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Professional identity can increase dishonesty

An experiment shows that although bank employees behave honestly on average, their dishonesty increases when they make decisions after having been primed to think about their professional identity. See Letter p.86

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Villeval, M. Professional identity can increase dishonesty. Nature 516, 48–49 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature14068

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