When Social Outcomes Aren't Fair: The Effect of Causal Attributions on Preferences

@inproceedings{Blount1995WhenSO,
  title={When Social Outcomes Aren't Fair: The Effect of Causal Attributions on Preferences},
  author={Sally Blount},
  year={1995}
}
Building upon recent models of social utility theory, this paper outlines a theoretical framework for examining the effect of causal attributions on choice in social decision making. The results of three empirical studies are reported, which identify two dimensions of external attribution that affect how individuals weight absolute versus comparative payoffs. These dimensions are whether the causal agent is perceived to be human versus non-human (e.g., an act of nature) and the degree to which… CONTINUE READING

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