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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 7 <1%
Germany 7 <1%
United States 6 <1%
France 4 <1%
Japan 3 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Other 10 1%
Unknown 865 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 211 23%
Student > Master 144 16%
Researcher 111 12%
Student > Bachelor 86 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 58 6%
Other 185 20%
Unknown 122 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 186 20%
Business, Management and Accounting 149 16%
Psychology 142 15%
Social Sciences 80 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 48 5%
Other 149 16%
Unknown 163 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1232. 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 28 June 2022.
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#8,256
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Outputs from Nature
#963
of 88,787 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#55
of 348,562 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Nature
#11
of 854 outputs
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