Why do people lie when it’s against their own self-interest?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"Freakonomics" author Stephen Dubner covers the dubious nature of self-reported data. Why do people lie and, moreover, why do people lie when it conflicts with their own self-interests? One reason, Dubner says, is out of a desire for social acceptance and the preservation of reputation.
Guest: Stephen Dubner, author of "Freakonomics"

Contributors:

Corey Takahashi

Comments [2]

Daniella

Why does the commentary trail off at the end of the recording? It sounded like the Hockenberry's interview with Dubner continued after the recording ended. Please put the full recording on the site.

Sep. 24 2008 12:55 PM
williamwmeyer

Stephen Dubner acted as if the Mexican welfare study of the people lying about not having toilets was revelatory.

Do we really need a study to come to such an OBVIOUS conclusion? Radio hosts that let social scientists get away with such breathlessness about the humdrum "findings" of such studies are not holding the social scientists to a high enough standard.

--WilliamW

Jun. 24 2008 09:21 AM

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