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Steven Levitt
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In discussing the bagel experiment, the authors state that the data show that smaller offices are more honest than bigger offices. The authors observe that this seems counterintuitive. Do you agree? Explain why or why not.

Compare a sumo wrestler who cheats to lose so that his competitor can move up in wrestling status with a baseball team that throws the World Series so that gamblers can make money. Is one form of cheating better than the other? Explain why or not.

Now suppose that the baseball team knows that a person needs a liver transplant or else he'll die, and he has bet his entire life savings on the game to pay for the transplant. Is it okay for the team to cheat now? Explain why or why not.

Now suppose the team knows that this person was once convicted of rape. Or...

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