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(2000) for an example that has risky payoffs; and see Mayhew et al. (2000) for a study that induces risk levels. King—Investigation of Self-Serving Biases in an Auditing Trust Game 271 to cheat and thus increase his expected payoff to 65.96, which reduces the auditor’s expected payoff to 3.67. The auditor has no incentive to change from the trust/cooperate
combination. Thus, under this asymmetric payoff structure, auditors beneﬁt from having
trustworthy clients. However, the manager has unilateral incentives to violate the auditor’s
trust, which creates risks for the auditor.
III. EXPERIMENTAL METHOD
Subjects are business-school student volunteers, paid based on the outcomes of their
choices. Either 10 or 12 subjects participate in each session, half playing the role of the
manager and half playing the role of the auditor. I conduct two sessions under each of
the four settings, which include the no-puffery/weak group setting (denoted NP/WG); the
yes-puffery/weak group setting (YP/WG); the no-puffery/strong group setting (NP/SG)...
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