Are Poor People Actually More Generous?

Angelos Stamos, Florian Lange, and Siegfried Dewitte: In contrast to the original findings, we did not find that poorer people were more generous than wealthy ones. For example, although participants in one of our studies shared about 30 percent of the money we gave them with the other person, poorer participants did not share more money than wealthy ones did. Does this mean that affluence isn’t related to the tendency to help other people? Not necessarily. Even when two studies are very similar, a variety of small differences could explain why they obtained different results.



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