It Pays to Be Herr Kaiser

  title={It Pays to Be Herr Kaiser},
  author={Raphael Silberzahn and E. Uhlmann},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={2437 - 2444}
In the field study reported here (N = 222,924), we found that Germans with noble-sounding surnames, such as Kaiser (“emperor”), König (“king”), and Fürst (“prince”), more frequently hold managerial positions than Germans with last names that either refer to common everyday occupations, such as Koch (“cook”), Bauer (“farmer”), and Becker/Bäcker (“baker”), or do not refer to any social role. This phenomenon occurs despite the fact that noble-sounding surnames never indicated that the person… Expand

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