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Perceptions of unfairness in allocations between multiple recipients
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication. (CEK, MERO)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7164-0924
University of South Carolina.
2011 (English)In: Cognitive Psychology, ISSN 0010-0285, E-ISSN 1095-5623, Vol. 62, no 3, 225-244 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper introduces a new model to explain perceptions of unfairness in resource allocations between multiple recipients. The model yields several novel predictions, all confirmed in a series of new empirical tests. For instance, while much prior research focuses on the differences between the judge’s share and others’ shares, we argue that people also care about differences between others’ shares. In particular, the presence of a single loser increases perceptions of unfairness. We also study individual variation in sensitivity to the single-loser dimension. Most centrally, we offer empirical support for the existence – indeed the prevalence – of ostraphobics, individuals with an acute sensitivity to being “ostracized” as a sole loser. We show that ostraphobics perceive unfairness more strongly than other types, are higher in need to belong and fear of negative evaluation, and are more prone to a heretofore unrecognized type of preference reversal with respect to fairness.

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2011. Vol. 62, no 3, 225-244 p.
Keyword [en]
Perception; Unfairness; Distributive justice; Need to belong
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-13330DOI: 10.1016/j.cogpsych.2011.01.001ISI: 000290839200003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79251564912OAI: diva2:458796
Swedish Research Council, 2009-2390

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Cognitive Psychology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Cognitive Psychology, VOL62, ISSUE 3, 2011

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