Thursday, March 01, 2012
STUDY: RICH MORE LIKELY TO BE GREEDY, SELFISH AND UNSCRUPULOUS
A new study in the USA has found that the wealthy are 'more likely to lie, cheat and break the law'.
The study is reported in the American journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
The researchers suggest that the rich tend to be more greedy, more selfish and more unscrupulous.
The study found that wealthy drivers were four times as likely as less well off drivers to cut up other vehicles by barging their way across a junction.
The rich were also less likely to stop for a pedestrian who was trying to cross the road.
In another study, a group of volunteers played a computer game.
The wealthiest were more likely to cheat.
"When presented with a jar of sweets destined for youngsters helping in a nearby lab and told they could have some, the richest helped themselves the most."
Paul Piff, of the University of California, Berkeley, said "the recent economic crisis has been attributed in part to the unethical actions of the wealthy."