Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 269–274 | Cite as

Sanding the Wheels of Growth: Cheating by Economics and Business Students and ‘Real World’ Corruption

  • Aurora A. C. Teixeira


The relation between academic integrity and real world corruption is more often presumed than proven. Based on a sample of 7,602 students from 21 countries, it was found that academic cheating in the past is a predictor of the countries’ current level of corruption. This reproducibility and persistence over time of dishonest behaviors highlights the danger of disregarding students cheating at university.


Cheating Corruption Ethics Students Universities 
JEL-Codes A13 A22 D73 I25 



I’ll like to thank one anonymous reviewer for her/his valuable comments. I’m sincerely in debt to all the students who participated in the survey, and my fellow colleagues (from the schools located in the 21 countries) who generously made this research possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CEF.UP, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto; INESC Porto, OBEGEFPortoPortugal

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