Social Class and (Un)ethical Behavior: Evidence from a Large Population Sample

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Title: Social Class and (Un)ethical Behavior: Evidence from a Large Population Sample
Author: Trautmann, Stefan T; van de Kuilen, Gijs; Zeckhauser, Richard Jay

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Citation: Trautmann, Stefan T., Gijs van de Kuilen, and Richard Zeckhauser. 2012. Social Class and (Un)ethical Behavior: Evidence from a Large Population Sample. HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP12-019, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
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Abstract: We test whether and how membership in the upper class affects ethical behavior in a large representative population sample. Using objective measures of socioeconomic status to define class, we find no evidence of a general tendency for upper class to be less ethical, although we do replicate previous findings that higher status leads to less condemnation of infidelity. We also find evidence that higher class status leads to more self-focus and disengagement, as previously shown in laboratory studies with convenience samples.
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