Cheating College Students More Likely to Want Government Jobs


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Close enough for government work.

Apparently lazy and dishonest people aspire to work for the government. Also stray hobos are likely to steal pies from your windowsill.

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.

Note the “simple task” part. We’re not just talking dishonest here, but lazy. Like go off to play golf after using a teleprompter to deliver a speech lazy.

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.

Or it could be that government jobs come together with their natural element.

For instance, “if people have the view that jobs in government are corrupt, people who are honest might not want to get into that system,” said Rema Hanna, an associate professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. To combat that problem, governments may need to find new ways to screen people seeking jobs, she said.

Like preventing pals of Tony Rezko and Rod Blagojevich from getting government jobs. Speaking of, have we ever seen Obama’s grades?

  • glpage

    If you’re cheating and being lazy and you know it, you will also know that your chances of making it in the real world aren’t very good. I think that is one reason why someone said that the C students rule the world.

    Of course we haven’t seen Obama’s grades; I wouldn’t be surprised to find out he didn’t do any better than Bush. I probably wouldn’t be surprised to fin out he didn’t do as well.

  • glpage

    If you’re cheating and being lazy and you know it, you will also know that your chances of making it in the real world aren’t very good. I think that is one reason why someone said that the C students rule the world.

    Of course we haven’t seen Obama’s grades; I wouldn’t be surprised to find out he didn’t do any better than Bush. I probably wouldn’t be surprised to fin out he didn’t do as well.

  • truebearing

    I am shocked…shocked I say, that dishonest lazy people are infiltrating our government workforce. Round up the usual justifications.

  • truebearing

    I am shocked…shocked I say, that dishonest lazy people are infiltrating our government workforce. Round up the usual justifications.