ERIC Number: ED195867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep-3
Reference Count: 0
Students' Perceptions of Procedural Fairness in a Dormitory Lottery.
Moreland, Richard; Ruback, Barry
Like other large organizations, universities often face the problem of distributing scarce resources among individuals. One such resource is university housing space. Students' reactions to a dormitory lottery in which each student had an equal chance of obtaining a room were studied. The lottery seemed fairest to students who shared the university's beliefs about the equitable distribution of rooms and to those who actually won a room. The students varied widely in their beliefs about who should be given a dormitory room, and their beliefs played an important role in determining their reaction to the lottery. At the same time, however, most of the students seemed to share a single basic criterion for evaluating the lottery, namely, whether or not they thought it would benefit them personally. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Fairness; Lottery
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).