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Are Rich People More Unethical? Alliant's Dr. Robert Gore Comments

Alliant International University
Published 02/28/2012
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"Since the economic implosion of 2008, the news has been littered with accounts of questionable behavior in boardrooms, corner offices, and other gold-plated spaces. What's not clear from the headlines, however, is whether white-collar criminals like Bernard Madoff are bad apples or extreme examples of a widespread trend. A new study may offer a clue to answering that question: A series of experiments conducted by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that people who are socially and financially better-off are more likely to lie, cheat, and otherwise behave unethically compared to individuals who occupy lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder."

Alliant's Dr. Robert Gore of CSPP brings an alternate perspective to the survey's findings, commenting that the results are not "black-and-white" because characteristics such as class, status and ethics are "slippery concepts."

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