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November 17th, 2012, 21:00
To investigate how class relates to ethical conduct, the researchers surveyed the ethical tendencies of more than 1,000 individuals of lower-, middle- and upper-class backgrounds. Volunteers reported their social class using the MacArthur Scale of Subjective Socioeconomic Status and filled out surveys revealing their attitudes about unprincipled behaviors and greed. They also took part in tasks designed to measure their actual unethical behavior.
Wait, what?? The volunteers reported this themselves then they test to see how often they lie, cheat, and act selfishly?? Were the answers on the surveys verified in some way? If not, they might have just established that people who are selfish tend to overstate how rich they are. Kinda hard to tell without having the actual paper.
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