“I got 200 wallets and dropped them in 10 cities to collect data to rank the honesty of the cities.”

Honesty Experiment

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Mon, Jul 30th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Mark Rober dropped 200 wallets in ten different cities to see if people would return them. Each wallet contained a small amount of money, an ultrasound picture, the photo of a puppy, one piece of ID without photo (to avoid racial bias), and a number to call if found. It turns out that most people are honest, regardless of their background.

Summary: I lost my wallet. That made me curious about what kind of person doesn't return a found wallet. So I got 200 wallets and dropped them in 10 cities to collect data to rank the honesty of the cities and to build a profile of an honest person. We looked at variables such as male v. female, age, high income v. low income, religious v. non-religious, small town v. big town.

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