Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cheating students more likely to desire government jobs than honest students

The LA Times reports that the results of research in a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper indicate that students who cheated on a simple task were more likely to want government jobs than those students that did not cheat.  From the news article:
College students who cheated on a simple task were more likely to want government jobs, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania found in a study of hundreds of students in Bangalore, India.

Their results, recently released as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, suggest that one of the contributing forces behind government corruption could be who gets into government work in the first place.

For instance, “if people have the view that jobs in government are corrupt, people who are honest might not want to get into that system,” said Rema Hanna, an associate professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. To combat that problem, governments may need to find new ways to screen people seeking jobs, she said.
Another piece of information to keep in mind in this context is the fact that, in the US, federal, county, and state employees are much more likely to be liberal/Democrats than conservative/Republicans.  I'm just saying....