Cheating by economics and business undergraduate students: an exploratory international assessment

TitleCheating by economics and business undergraduate students: an exploratory international assessment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsTeixeira, A, Rocha, M
JournalHigher Education
Volume59
Issue6
Pagination663-701
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number00181560
Accession Number48794129
KeywordsAcademic Ethics , business , BUSINESSPEOPLE , CHEATING , countries , ECONOMICS , education , educational , STUDENTS , UNDERGRADUATES , University
AbstractThe empirical evaluation of the phenomenon of cheating in academia has almost exclusively focused on the US context, and non-US studies usually only cover a narrow range of countries. This paper presents a comprehensive, cross-country study on the magnitude and determinants of cheating among economics and business undergraduates, involving 7,213 students enrolled in 42 universities located in 21 countries from the American (4), European (14), Africa (2) and Oceania (1) Continents. The authors found that the average magnitude of copying among economics and business undergraduates is quite high (62%) but there was significant cross-country heterogeneity. The probability of cheating is significantly lower in students enrolled in schools located in the Scandinavian, and the US and British Isles blocks when compared with their Southern European counterparts. On a distinctly different level, however, students enrolled in schools in Western and especially Eastern European countries reveal statistically significant higher propensities towards committing academic fraud.
NotesTeixeira, Aurora 1; Email Address: ateixeira@fep.up.pt Rocha, Maria 2; Affiliation: 1: CEF.UP, Faculdade Economia, Universidade do Porto; INESC Porto, Porto Portugal 2: Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto Portugal; Source Info: Jun2010, Vol. 59 Issue 6, p663; Subject Term: BUSINESS students; Subject Term: UNDERGRADUATES; Subject Term: BUSINESSPEOPLE; Subject Term: BUSINESS ethics; Subject Term: ECONOMICS; Subject Term: EDUCATIONAL surveys; Subject Term: EDUCATIONAL evaluation; Subject Term: CHEATING (Education); Subject Term: STUDENTS -- Conduct of life; Author-Supplied Keyword: Business; Author-Supplied Keyword: Cheating; Author-Supplied Keyword: Countries; Author-Supplied Keyword: Economics; Author-Supplied Keyword: University; Number of Pages: 39p; Illustrations: 1 Diagram, 8 Charts, 9 Graphs; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1007/s10734-009-9274-1
Short TitleCheating by economics and business undergraduate students: an exploratory international assessment
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