Posted by: Marvin Remmich | December 12, 2011

Who Makes More Money: Nice People Or Mean People?

A new study finds that agreeable workers  earn significantly lower incomes than less agreeable ones. The gap is especially  wide for men.

The researchers examined “agreeableness”  using self-reported survey data and found that men who measured below average on  agreeableness earned about 18% more—or $9,772 more annually in their sample—than  nicer guys. Ruder women, meanwhile, earned about 5% or $1,828 more than their  agreeable counterparts.

“Nice guys are getting the shaft,” says  study co-author Beth A. Livingston, an assistant professor of human resource  studies at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor  Relations.

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