Greedy bastards: Testing the relationship between wanting more and unethical behavior

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Abstract

an incentivized behavioral laboratory study where participants decided to accept a bribe or not. Greedy people were more likely to take a bribe and also preferred higher bribes. Study 3 (N = 302) examined a potential process relating greed to unethical behavior. Greedy people were more likely to transgress because they found the positive outcomes associated with the transgression more desirable, and therefore displayed lower self-control. Implications for general theories of greed and morality are discussed.
LanguageEnglish
Pages147-156
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume138
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

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Keywords

  • Greed
  • Dispositional Greed Scale
  • Unethical Behavior
  • Morality
  • self control

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