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Interviewer Cheating: Implications for Research on Entrepreneurship in Africa
Vol. Volume 7, Number 3 October/2002

David E. Harrison
Interviewer cheating has seldom been studied or discussed as a problem in the literature. This article therefore begins with a brief review of this problem area which is of utmost importance especially for entrepreneurship research in a Third World context. In the Third World, the allocation of financial support is often based on interview surveys. After describing two cases of extensive faking by carefully selected and comprehensively trained interviewers, possible explanations of such behaviour are hypothesized. The paper concludes with the warning that interviewer cheating may be more prevalent than is generally assumed. It is recommended that careful interviewer selection, preventive study design, and meticulous subsequent interview inspection should be used whenever possible

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