Finance Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2012

Publication Source

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Volume

38

Issue

1

Start Page

52

Last Page

62

DOI

10.1177/0146167211430232

Abstract

Dominant theories of moral blame require an individual to have caused or intended harm. However, the current four studies demonstrate cases where no harm is caused or intended, yet individuals are nonetheless deemed worthy of blame. Specifically, individuals are judged to be blameworthy when they engage in actions that enable them to benefit from another’s misfortune (e.g., betting that a company’s stock will decline or that a natural disaster will occur). Evidence is presented suggesting that perceptions of the actor’s wicked desires are responsible for this phenomenon. It is argued that these results are consistent with a growing literature demonstrating that moral judgments are often the product of evaluations of character in addition to evaluations of acts.

Copyright/Permission Statement

Yoel Inbar, David A. Pizarro & Fiery Cushman,Benefiting From Misfortune: >When Harmless Actions Are Judged to Be Morally Blameworthy, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (Volume 38, Issue 1) pp. 52-62. Copyright © 2012 SAGE. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications

Embargo Date

1-3-2013

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.