Signing at the beginning makes ethics salient and decreases dishonest self-reports in comparison to signing at the end.

@article{Shu2012SigningAT,
  title={Signing at the beginning makes ethics salient and decreases dishonest self-reports in comparison to signing at the end.},
  author={Lisa L. Shu and Nina Mazar and Francesca Gino and Dan Ariely and Max H. Bazerman},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2012},
  volume={109 38},
  pages={15197-200}
}
Many written forms required by businesses and governments rely on honest reporting. Proof of honest intent is typically provided through signature at the end of, e.g., tax returns or insurance policy forms. Still, people sometimes cheat to advance their financial self-interests-at great costs to society. We test an easy-to-implement method to discourage dishonesty: signing at the beginning rather than at the end of a self-report, thereby reversing the order of the current practice. Using… CONTINUE READING

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