On the Genesis of Inflated (and Deflated) Judgments of Responsibility: Egocentrism Revisited

41 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2006

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Justin Kruger

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; New York University (NYU); New York University (NYU) - Department of Marketing

Kenneth Savitsky

Williams College - Department of Psychology

Date Written: September 1, 2006

Abstract

Prior research has found that people tend to overestimate their relative contributions to joint tasks (e.g., Ross & Sicoly, 1979). In the present research we investigate one of the causes of this bias, and in doing so, identify an important moderator of the effect. In three studies we demonstrate that when people estimate their relative contributions to collective endeavors they focus on their own contributions and give less consideration to the contributions of their collaborators. This can cause overestimation of relative contributions when absolute contributions are numerous, but underestimation of relative contributions when absolute contributions are few. These results extend Ross & Sicoly's (1979) original egocentrism analysis of bias in responsibility attributions, but also suggest that the tendency to overestimate one's relative contributions to collaborations is not as ubiquitous as once thought.

Suggested Citation

Kruger, Justin and Savitsky, Kenneth, On the Genesis of Inflated (and Deflated) Judgments of Responsibility: Egocentrism Revisited (September 1, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=946245 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.946245

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Kenneth Savitsky

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