Monday, February 27, 2012

Wealthy More Likely to Cheat, Lie, and Drive Poorly, Says New UC Berkeley Study

by Rachel Swan
Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 5:06 PM

If you're one of those people who loves haranguing the One Percent, read on, because UC Berkeley just gave you a lot more ammo. After conducting seven studies on campus, throughout the Bay Area, and nationally, researches at UCB and Toronto’s Rotman School of Management concluded that in aggregate, rich people are more insufferable than poor people. A thousand people participated in the tests, which focused on driving habits, cheating at a dice game, taking things from others, and "endorsing unethical behavior at work."

And lest you think that sample size is too small, university researchers cite other concurrent studies to substantiate their conclusions, such as data showing that the more money a person makes, the less he or she gives away. (That's actually a point of contention, according to stats listed on the website Generous Giving.) The studies, which will be published in US science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that upper-class people ground their value system in competition and greed. Now that's heartening.

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