Poor People Judge Harm-Doers More Harshly

Pacific Standard:

How harshly do you judge someone with a habit of hitting people? How about a lout who engages in sexual harassment?

Newly published research suggests the answer depends in part on how well you’re doing financially.

A study published in the journal Psychological Science finds people with low incomes judge wrongdoers more severely. French researchers Marko Pitesa and Stefan Thau report this dynamic only applies to ethical issues involving injury or loss, and suggest it reflects the poor’s “lower ability to cope with the effects of others’ harmful behavior.”

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