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Study finds people are more likely to punish selfish individuals in financial exchanges when the victim is low in SES or the perpetrator is high in SES. This shows how biases towards SES can affect our sense of justice, even in non-judicial contexts.

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This work shows that people punish selfish, high-status people, particularly when taking money away from low-status people.

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This page is a summary of: Punishing the privileged: Selfish offers from high-status allocators elicit greater punishment from third-party arbitrators, PLoS ONE, May 2020, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0232369.
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