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The upshot for schools is clear: honor codes work, Ariely said, provided
that students write them out and talk about them. Codes signed at the
start of the year and tucked away in an administrator’s office will
flop, however; the same holds true for one-off lectures on moral
behavior. To reduce cheating, the honor codes need to be woven into the
school’s culture, a recurrent nudge that honesty matters.