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Behavioural Ethics


Warwick researchers have been investigating how and under which circumstances people make (un)ethical decisions. Our research has explored why people make the (un)ethical decisions that they do - even when with the best intentions as well as the ethical trade-offs that people make when deciding what to choose among alternatives.

Topics our researchers have explored include:

  • How people can improve their individual ethical decision-making capacities?
  • How decisions can be nudged in one direction or the other through simple interventions?
  • How situational and social factors influence (un)ethical behaviour?
  • How to promote ethical culture in organizations?
  • Does leadership affect unethical conduct?

  • Alempaki, D., Doğan, G., & Saccardo, S. (2019). Deception and reciprocity. Experimental Economics, 22(4), 980-1001.
  • Alempaki, D., Doğan, G., & Yang, Y. (2021). Lying in a foreign language?. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 185, 946-961.
  • Alempaki, D., Isoni, A., & Read, D. (2022). Tainted Nudge. forthcoming at Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Available at SSRN: 
  • Alempaki, D., Burdea, V., & Read, D. (2021). Deceptive Communication. Available at SSRN:
  • Alempaki, D., Isoni, A., & Read, D. (2020). Deception Aversion, Norm Violation and Consumer Responses to Prosocial Initiatives. Available at SSRN: