A Bird's Eye View of Unethical Behavior: Commentary on Trautmann et al. (2013).

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Results from Trautmann and colleagues' large, representative survey of Dutch people suggest a more nuanced relationship between class and ethics than previous research has demonstrated (Trautmann, Van de Kuilen, & Zeckhauser, 2013, this issue). Following their analysis, we suggest that it is unlikely that either upper- or lower-class people are unequivocally more moral. Rather, several psychological and external forces are at play in ethical decision making, which likely vary in strength depending on the conceptualization of class and the sociocultural context. Furthermore, people from different social classes may have different ethical standards or different degrees of willingness to breach these standards (or both), a distinction that should be explored in future research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ariely, D; Mann, H

Published Date

  • September 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 498 - 500

PubMed ID

  • 26173208

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1745-6924

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1745-6916

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1745691613498907


  • eng