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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Are Rich People Unethical?

At last, an explanation for Wall Street's disgrace, Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme and other high-society crimes and misdemeanors: A new study published in the Proceedings of that National Academy of Sciences found that wealthier people were more apt to behave unethically than those who had less money.

Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley analyzed a person's rank in society (measured by wealth, occupational prestige and education) and found that those who were richer were more likely to cheat, lie and break the law than those who were poorer.

"We found that it is much more prevalent for people in the higher ranks of society to see greed and self-interest … as good pursuits," said Paul Piff, lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate at Berkeley. "This resonates with a lot of current events these days."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

now let's break it down even further.

church goers/non church goers

i can tell you from past studies; it was discovered that conservatives were majority church goers AND gave the most in charitable contributions. of course this is why conservatives don't want to be taxed out the yazoo so they can give as they choose instead of it being taken from them from the government and then wasted by them before it gets anywhere to do any good.

i'd like to see the study done for lying, cheating and stealing.

i'm not saying conservatives are necessarily better; i just want to see a good study done on this.