A series of studies by a team of American researchers has found that upper class individuals are more likely to lie and cheat and agree with unethical work behaviour.
In one of the studies, upper-class motorists were 4 times as likely to cut other drivers off and 3 times as likely to cut off a pedestrian. In a game with dice rigged to ensure low scores, upper class individuals were more likely to claim scores it was impossible to achieve. Attitudes to greed were the best predictor of unethical behaviour and upper class individuals were more likely to believe that “greed is good”. Another summary
of this study reports co-author Paul Piff’s comment: “Across all seven studies, the general pattern we find is that as a person’s social class increases, his or her tendency to behave unethically also increases”