Rejection Exaggerates Egocentric Perception of Fairness in Resource Allocation

28 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2008

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Liqing Zhang

Peking University

Roy Baumeister

Florida State University - College of Arts & Sciences

Date Written: November 9, 2008

Abstract

The present research tests the idea that rejection may exaggerate the egocentric perception of fairness. Rejection was induced by social exclusion. Participants then received monetary compensation for enduring dissonant noise, and another manipulation involved the amount of noise. In the self-suffered-more condition, participants were told that they had endured more noise than the other person. In the partner-suffered-more condition, participants endured less noise than the other person. All participants were asked to distribute a monetary compensation fairly between themselves and an anonymous individual external to their group. The results showed that the rejected participants kept more money as their fair compensation than the accepted participants when they encountered the prospect of receiving less payment than their partner.

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Liqing and Baumeister, Roy, Rejection Exaggerates Egocentric Perception of Fairness in Resource Allocation (November 9, 2008). IACM 21st Annual Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1298576 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1298576

Liqing Zhang (Contact Author)

Peking University ( email )

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Beijing, Beijing 100871
China

Roy Baumeister

Florida State University - College of Arts & Sciences ( email )

United States

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