Thursday, January 16, 2014

Who would have thought

Seven studies using experimental and naturalistic methods reveal that upper-class individuals behave more unethically than lower-class individuals. In studies 1 and 2, upper-class individuals were more likely to break the law while driving, relative to lower-class individuals. In follow-up laboratory studies, upper-class individuals were more likely to exhibit unethical decision-making tendencies (study 3), take valued goods from others (study 4), lie in a negotiation (study 5), cheat to increase their chances of winning a prize (study 6), and endorse unethical behaviour at work (study 7) than were lower-class individuals. Mediator and moderator data demonstrated that upper-class individuals’ unethical tendencies are accounted for, in part, by their more favourable attitudes toward greed.



  1. They have forgotten, or maybe never learned, that Noblesse oblige.

    1. Well, where is no noblesse . . .
      Most people would not know, let alone accept that 'property obliges'.

  2. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.