The Heat of Economic Hardship: Empathy Gaps For Financial Deprivation Induce Moral Hypocrisy

Eesha Sharma, New York University, USA
Nina Mazar, University of Toronto, Canada
Adam Alter, New York Univeristy, USA
Dan Ariely, Duke Univeristy, USA
People generally believe that financial deprivation is not an acceptable excuse for dishonesty. Yet, we find that causing people to feel financially deprived not only induces them to cheat for money but also leads them to sentence deprived (but not non-deprived) offenders more leniently.
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Eesha Sharma, Nina Mazar, Adam Alter, and Dan Ariely (2011) ,"The Heat of Economic Hardship: Empathy Gaps For Financial Deprivation Induce Moral Hypocrisy", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 39, eds. Rohini Ahluwalia, Tanya L. Chartrand, and Rebecca K. Ratner, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 162-163.