Via Researchers Confirm: Government Draws Workers of Lower Moral Caliber. Yet these are the people so many are content to have rule over them in an ever-expanding way. As the saying goes, do you really want the same people who run the DMV to be in charge of your health care?! I mean, other than being, on average, less competent and less ethical . . .
It takes a certain type of moral character to make a suitable government apparatchik. Recent research should make life easier for Big Government recruiters:
College students who cheated on a simple task were more likely to want government jobs, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania found in a study of hundreds of students in Bangalore, India.
Their results, recently released as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, suggest that one of the contributing forces behind government corruption could be who gets into government work in the first place.
Honesty was tested by letting subjects roll dice and report the results; higher reported rolls resulted in higher payment. Aspiring bureauweenies unsurprisingly reported rolling lots of sixes.
“Overall, we find that dishonest individuals — as measured by the dice task — prefer to enter government service,” wrote Hanna and coauthor Shing-yi Wang, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
They added, “Importantly, we show that cheating on this task is also predictive of fraudulent behaviors by real government officials.”
Government workers who reported higher rolls were more likely to miss work. Government absenteeism is largely fraudulent.