Rich people more likely to lie and cheat, study finds

“It’s not that the rich are innately bad, but as you rise in the ranks - whether as a person or a nonhuman primate - you become more self-focused,” says report's author

28th February, 2012
Rich people more likely to lie and cheat, study finds
Movie character Gordon Gekko: the ultimate exponent of the Greed is Good mantra.

Are society’s most noble actors found within society’s nobility?”

That question spurred Paul Piff, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, to explore whether higher social class is linked to higher ideals.

The answer Piff found after conducting seven different experiments is: no. The pursuit of self-interest is a “fundamental motive among society’s elite, and the increased want associated with greater wealth and status can...

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