If you lose your wallet, how likely is it a stranger will return it? Well, it turns out that may depend on where you live, according to a global study by U management professor David Tannenbaum. For the study published in the journal Science, he and his co-authors dropped more than 17,000 wallets in 335 cities across 40 countries. Each wallet contained three business cards and a key. The wallets also contained either no cash, the equivalent of about $13, or up to about $94. People were more likely to return the wallets if there was cash in them, and overall 51 percent of wallets with cash were returned. But that varied widely by location. The most honest nations? At the top end of the scale, more than 70 percent of the wallets were returned in Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries. Around half of the wallets in the United States were returned. And only about 15 percent of wallet ﬁnders came clean in China and Morocco.
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Country list and return rate