Examining the Relationship Between Personality Characteristics and Unethical Behaviors Resulting in Economic Crime

Elliott, Rebecca T.
November 2010
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;2010, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p269
Academic Journal
The current downward economic spiral in the United States has forced difficult, sometimes unethical financial decisions brought to public attention by high-profile offenders. Previous research has not supported personality as a significant factor in white-collar crime (Alalehto, 2003; Blickle, Schlegel, Fassbender, & Klein, 2006; Freeley, 2006). Current data and small research efforts indicate that some personality traits are more evident than others in the case of economic crime. Systematically examining personality traits as a factor in instances of embezzlement and fraudulent acts may provide insight into profiling or deterring criminal behavior. Research examining personality and fraudulent behavior is warranted.


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