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Why we cheat because we are rich

Professor Raymond Duch | Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences        

There is a widespread belief that levels of inequality have risen, certainly in developed economies.  And many political parties have championed efforts to reduce these levels of inequality by making the rich pay higher taxes – either through raising tax levels or improving compliance.  These two policies often fail to address the problem of inequality.  Fundamental personality traits, or human nature if you will, help us understand why.  I conduct lab experiments that suggest why these efforts to impose redistributive taxes on the rich often fall short of expectations.  The experiments are conducted with Oxford undergraduates in the Nuffield College Centre for Experimental Science.

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Prof Ray Duch

Centre for Experimental Social Sciences

Nuffield College

Twitter: @RayDuch@NuffieldCESS

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