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Rebel without a Cause: The Effects of Social Origins and Disposable Income on Rule Violations

Are upper-class individuals more inclined to violate rules? Using behavioural data, recent studies have challenged the traditional assumption of upper social class members being less rule violating, while other studies find no or opposite effects.

This new publication by Niccolò Armandola, Alexander Ehlert and Heiko Rauhut published in European Sociological Research (ESR) brings together behavioural decision-making games with traditional survey measures in a unique setup to re-evaluate the proposed relation between social class and rule violations, distinguishing between the economic and the psychological components of social class.

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