Stanford Law's Deborah Rhode on Why We Cheat

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An advocate of the US law firm Hausfeld presents folders with documents of around 15,000 owners of cars from the Volkswagen group participating in a class action lawsuit filed by US law firm Hausfeld and the German internet platform myright against German car maker Volkswagen in connection with the company's emissions-cheating scandal, on November 6, 2017 in front of the district court in Braunschweig, central Germany. (Photo: Peter Steffen/AFP/Getty Images)

Whether it’s sports, taxes, insurance or in the workplace, cheating is estimated to cost nearly a trillion dollars annually. In her new book “Cheating,” Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode offers an overview of the ubiquitous problem, including recent newsworthy cases such as the fake accounts scandal at Wells Fargo. Rhode joins Forum to talk about everyday cheating, why and how it happens, and what we can do about it.


Deborah Rhode, professor of law, Stanford Law School; author, "Cheating: Ethics and Law in Everyday Life"