The unexpected link between social status and generosity

People with less are likely to give more.

“Lower status” individuals share their wealth more so than their “higher status” counterparts, according to a study from the Queen Mary University of London.

Researchers set up an economic game where people were labeled as either “low status” or “high status” — in terms of social, economic and educational attainment — and told to contribute any amount of money they wanted into a group pot that would later be divided by all of the players. The “lower status” individuals always contributed more to the pot.

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