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Rich People are Dishonest

People from privileged, wealthy backgrounds are more likely to be dishonest and unethical than their poorer counterparts, a study has found.

From depriving children of sweets and reckless driving to lying for financial gain, the researchers at the University of California found that upper-class participants were more prone to immoral behaviour.

Subjects were divided into groups according to their social backgrounds and asked to carry out a series of tasks to test their scruples. The tests focused on traits such as honesty and consideration for others.

It was found that the wealthier the participant, the more likely they were to break the law, make unethical decisions and take valued goods from others.

They were also more likely to lie in a negotiation, cheat in order to attain a prize and endorse unethical behaviour at work.

The researchers concluded that the unethical tendencies of upper-class individuals were partly down to greed. They also were deemed to be more self-absorbed, less aware of others and less able to identify the emotions of others.

They went on to say that the theory could partly explain the banking crisis, as self-confident, wealthy bankers would be more likely to make reckless decisions.

via Rich People ‘More Likely To Lie, Cheat And Break The Law’.

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