Does Being Rich Make You a Jerk?


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Scrooge. Montgomery Burns. Lex Luther. These and many other great antagonists have something in common… they’re filthy stinking rich. Throughout literature, pop culture and Hollywood, wealth is often linked to villainy, but are the rich really as cold and heartless as they're portrayed?

Join us as we dig into the series of studies that examine the behavior of the elite and explore why they act so different than we do. All to get to the bottom of whether we’re just jealous or if being rich really does make you into a big mean jerk. Are rich people mean? That’s the question we explore today on Impolite Society.
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Higher social class predicts increased unethical behavior | PNAS

Paul Piff: Does money make you mean? | TED Talk

Higher in status, (Even) better-than-average (

Signs of Socioeconomic Status: A Thin-Slicing Approach - Michael W. Kraus, Dacher Keltner, 2009 (

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