Liars Index

Do tight times lead to truth telling? The Liars Index, a study conducted every six months by the executive search firm Jude M. Werra & Associates in Brookfield, Wis., found that just 11 percent of upper-management applicants lied on their résumés in the last half of 2002. That’s down from 23 percent in the first half of 2000. The corporate scandals of the past year have caused high-level job seekers to exercise greater scrupulousness, says president Jude Werra. The most common credential lie involves educational background, where a B.S. may prove to mean something entirely different. —DAVID KAPLAN