HOW MANIPULABLE ARE FAIRNESS PERCEPTIONS? THE EFFECT OF ADDITIONAL ALTERNATIVES

Yoella Bereby-Meyer, Brit Grosskopf

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Abstract

In customer or labor markets raising prices or cutting wages is perceived as unfair if it results from the exploitation of shifts in demands. In a series of manipulations we show that adding an alternative to the original choice set alters the perception of fairness of the final outcome. Adding a worse alternative lowers the perception of unfairness, whereas adding a better alternative raises the perception of unfairness. These findings supplemented with existing experimental evidence cast doubt on purely outcome-based theories of fairness and suggest that fairness perceptions are highly manipulable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInequality, Welfare and Income Distribution
Subtitle of host publicationExperimental Approaches
PublisherJAI Press
Pages43-53
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)0762311134, 9780762311132
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004

Publication series

NameResearch on Economic Inequality
Volume11
ISSN (Print)1049-2585

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