Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 89, Supplement 1, pp 51–58 | Cite as

The Cultures of Insider Trading



Paul Bond is a lawyer who overheard two other lawyers at his office discussing the proposed purchase of a company by one of their clients. He proceeds to buy shares of this company. Would you rate Bond’s behavior completely fair, acceptable, unfair, or very unfair? I posed this vignette to samples of university students in China, Taiwan, and the U.S. Most students in the U.S. and Taiwan samples rated Bond’s behavior unfair or very unfair while most students in the China rated Bond’s behavior completely fair or acceptable. Perceptions of fairness are part of the culture of a country and culture affects business practices. I discuss culture, perceptions of fairness, and business practices in China, Taiwan, and the U.S.


China culture insider trading Taiwan and fairness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leavey School of BusinessSanta Clara UniversitySanta ClaraU.S.A.

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