28 Feb '12, 5am

Rich people more likely to lie, cheat, and steal candy from children, studies suggest

NEW YORK - Maybe, as the novelist F Scott Fitzgerald suggested, the rich really are different. They are more likely to behave badly, according to seven experiments that weighed the ethics of hundreds of people. The "upper class," as defined by the study, were more likely to break the law while driving, take candy from children, lie in negotiation, cheat to increase their odds of winning a prize and endorse unethical behavior at work, researchers reported yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Taken together, the experiments suggest at least some wealthier people "perceive greed as positive and beneficial", probably as a result of education, personal independence and the resources they have to deal with potentially negative consequences, the authors wrote. While the tests measured only "minor infractions", that factor made the results "even more s...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC120228-0000101/Wealth...

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