Polluted Morality: Air Pollution Predicts Criminal Activity and Unethical Behavior

@article{Lu2018PollutedMA,
  title={Polluted Morality: Air Pollution Predicts Criminal Activity and Unethical Behavior},
  author={Jackson G. Lu and Julia J Lee and Francesca Gino and Adam D. Galinsky},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2018},
  volume={29},
  pages={340 - 355}
}
Air pollution is a serious problem that affects billions of people globally. Although the environmental and health costs of air pollution are well known, the present research investigates its ethical costs. We propose that air pollution can increase criminal and unethical behavior by increasing anxiety. Analyses of a 9-year panel of 9,360 U.S. cities found that air pollution predicted six major categories of crime; these analyses accounted for a comprehensive set of control variables (e.g… Expand
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