Inequality: My Unfair Disadvantage, Not Your Unearned Privilege

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Duke Today

Efforts to address social inequalities in income, education and employment opportunity can be boosted simply by the manner in which that inequity is presented, according to new research from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

If you benefit from an inequity, how you handle the situation could depend upon how it is described to you, Professor Ashleigh Shelby Rosette found.

Her study tested people’s willingness to surrender part of a bonus at work as a way of studying the presentation of an unjust imbalance or inequity.

“The manner in which you frame inequity or privilege, whether it’s focused on the self – my unearned privilege – or focused on the other – his or her unfair disadvantage – can influence the extent to which you want to rectify it,” Rosette said.

“When attempting to influence individuals who are in a position to help rectify financial and social inequity, the way in which you phrase it makes a difference,” Rosette said.

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