New study finds correlation between income inequality and cheating in college

A new study published in the journal of Psychological Science suggests income inequality could be one root of cheating in college, the Huffington Post reports. According to Clemson University’s International Center for Academic Integrity, more than half of college undergraduate students admit to cheating. Knowing this, college instructors frequently use services available online — like for example — that automatically check student papers for plagiarized material. Lukas Neville, a doctoral student at Queen’s University in Ontario, wanted to find out what prompted professors to even question whether their students were cheating in the first place. Neville researched where search-engine queries checking for cheating originated. He found they were more likely to come from states with higher rates of income inequality…

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