Man vs. Machine: Do the Means of Interaction Matter for Honesty?

Item Type Monograph (Working Paper)
Abstract

Is dishonest behavior more prevalent in an interaction with a machine as opposed to a human? We analyze this question using an innovative experimental setup involving the reporting of an unobserved payout-relevant random draw either to an artificial conversational agent or a human. We find that reporting to an artificial conversational agent not able to demonstrate agency induces the lowest levels of honesty, whereas reporting to a human able to demonstrate such agency generates the highest levels of honest behavior. Our results have implications for designing efficient means of interaction between humans and machines in a variety of different contexts in the digital economy.

Authors Biener, Christian & Waeber, Aline
Journal or Publication Title Working Paper
Language English
Subjects economics
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Date 2020
Depositing User PD Dr. Christian Biener
Date Deposited 10 Nov 2020 08:35
Last Modified 10 Nov 2020 08:38
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/261409

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Biener, Christian & Waeber, Aline: Man vs. Machine: Do the Means of Interaction Matter for Honesty? , 2020,

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https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/id/eprint/261409
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