The Real Oscar Curse: The Negative Consequences of Positive Status Shifts

  title={The Real Oscar Curse: The Negative Consequences of Positive Status Shifts},
  author={Michael Jensen and Heeyon Kim},
  journal={Game Theory \& Bargaining Theory eJournal},
  • M. Jensen, Heeyon Kim
  • Published 1 February 2015
  • Psychology
  • Game Theory & Bargaining Theory eJournal
We examine the negative consequences of upward mobility following a sudden positive status shift. Building on sociological and social psychological research on status and happiness, we argue that status disruption and status deprivation provide different explanations of why sudden positive status shifts can have negative consequences for upwardly mobile social actors. We use the "Oscar curse," the colorful belief that misfortune paradoxically befalls Academy Award winners, as our empirical… 

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