It Pays to Be Herr Kaiser

  title={It Pays to Be Herr Kaiser},
  author={Raphael Silberzahn and Eric Luis 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… 

Figures and Tables from this paper

Matched-Names Analysis Reveals No Evidence of Name-Meaning Effects

Findings suggest that the effects reported previously should not be interpreted as evidence of a causal effect of names on career outcomes.

Sounds that make you smile and share: a phonetic key to prosociality and engagement

The importance of names has been demonstrated for decision making related to individuals as well as companies. While previous researchers have focused on traits such as the fluency of names, we

On the Unnecessary Ubiquity of Hierarchical Linear Modeling

This article compares and contrasts HLM with alternative methods including generalized estimating equations and cluster-robust standard errors and demonstrates the advantages of the alternative methods and also when HLM would be the preferred method.

Names in Psychological Science: Investigating the Processes of Thought Development and the Construction of Personal Identities

This paper has examined both domains of names and proposed its own view of the person’s name, linked to the relational systems perspective which essentially sees the name as a signifier or “representative” of the child-parent relationship, while the “relationship” is the signified.

Names, Grades, and Metamorphosis: A Small-Scale Socio-onomastic Investigation into the Effects of Ethnicity and Gender-Marked Personal Names on the Pedagogical Assessments of a Grade School Essay

In this small-scale, mixed-method investigation, the potential presence of school teacher and teacher trainees’ name-based biases in reaction to schoolchildren’s first names was investigated in two

Talent versus luck: the Role of Randomness in Success and Failure

A simple agent-based model shows that, if it is true that some degree of talent is necessary to be successful in life, almost never the most talented people reach the highest peaks of success, being overtaken by averagely talented but sensibly luckier individuals.

The motivational cost of inequality: Opportunity gaps reduce the willingness to work

The findings suggest opportunity-gaps can trigger psychological dynamics that hurt productivity and well-being of all involved and suggest a model that incorporated a person’s relative position and unfairness of rewards in the group fit better to the data than other popular models describing the effects of inequality.

What Crisis? Management Researchers’ Experiences with and Views of Scholarly Misconduct

It is found that misconduct (research that was either fabricated or falsified) is not encountered often by reviewers nor editors, and there is a strong prevalence of misrepresentations (method inadequacy, omission or withholding of contradictory results, dropping of unsupported hypotheses).

The Motivational Cost of Inequality: Pay Gaps Reduce the Willingness to Pursue Rewards

Factors beyond a person’s control, such as demographic characteristics at birth, often influence the availability of rewards an individual can expect for their efforts. We know surprisingly little



If It's Difficult to Pronounce, It Must Be Risky

Low processing fluency fosters the impression that a stimulus is unfamiliar, which in turn results in perceptions of higher risk, independent of whether the risk is desirable or undesirable. In

I sell seashells by the seashore and my name is Jack: comment on Pelham, Mirenberg, and Jones (2002).

  • M. Gallucci
  • Psychology
    Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 2003
New analyses of the original data are reported, showing that the hypothesis that people gravitate toward cities, states, and careers with names similar to their own names is not supported for the large majority of names considered, and for some names even the opposite result is found.

In the "I" of the storm: Shared initials increase disaster donations

People prefer their own initials to other letters, influencing preferences in many domains. The ``name letter effect'' (Nuttin, 1987) may not apply to negatively valenced targets if people are

Pervasive Prejudice?: Unconventional Evidence of Race and Gender Discrimination

If you're a woman shopping for a new car, will you really get the best deal? If you're a man, will you fare better? If you're a black man waiting to receive an organ transplant, will you have to wait

First Names and Crime: Does Unpopularity Spell Trouble?

Objective. We investigate the relationship between first name popularity and juvenile delinquency to test the hypothesis that unpopular names are positively correlated with crime. Methods. To compare

Microfinance Decision Making: A Field Study of Prosocial Lending

Microfinancing, or small uncollateralized loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world, has recently emerged as a leading contender to cure world poverty. Our research investigates the


The influence of physical appearance in the labour market is examined using longitudinal cohort data covering 11,407 individual born in Britain in 1958. Results show that physical appearance has a

Judgments of Power From College Yearbook Photos and Later Career Success

Inferences from faces can predict important real-world outcomes. But little is known about the stability of these effects. Here the authors find that inferences of power from photos of the faces of