Consumer Confidential: Mean money

Author: David Lazarus

-- It pays to be mean. According to a new study, "agreeable" workers make significantly less money than their nastier counterparts, with the gap wider among men. The study, titled "Do Nice Guys -- and Gals -- Really Finish Last?", uses survey data to examine "agreeableness" and finds that men who disagree with others often make 18%, or $9,772 annually, more in salary than those who agree with colleagues. The salary disparity is far less among women, with disagreeable females making 5%, or $1,828, more than nicer women. As Cornell professor Beth Livingston, who co-authored the study with Timothy Judge of the University of Notre Dame and Charlice Hurst of the University of Western Ontario, told the Wall Street Journal: "Nice guys are getting the shaft."

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