Experimental Economics

Vid: Lies, Cheating, and Creativity—Q&A with Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely


"Imagine you have some kind of voice within you asking, 'Am I behaving morally or not?'" says Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist and author of the book The Honest Truth About Dishonesty. "That voice sometimes is asleep."

Reason TV's Naomi Brockwell talked to Ariely at Tribeca Film Festival's Games For Change conference, where Ariely and his team set up a "Truth Box," a sort of confessional where participants could record themselves talking about a meaningful lie they'd told in their lives.

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Approximately 7 minutes. Shot and Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Interview by Naomi Brockwell. Music by Podington Bear.