Christian Truelsen Elbæk - 3rd year PhD presentation

Material Scarcity and Unethical Economic Behavior: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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Wednesday 7 December 2022,  at 09:00 - 10:00




Department of Management

Supervisors: Panagiotis Mitkidis & Lene Aarøe (Pol.Sc.)
Discussants: Jacob Orquin & Oana Vuculescu

Individuals around the globe experience different forms of material resource scarcity. As experiences of scarcity have been found to make individuals more risk-taking and focused on regaining resources in the short-term, a growing body of research has investigated how material scarcity affects moral economic behavior. Yet, findings remain mixed and at times contradictory. In this pre-registered meta-analysis, we evaluate how material resource scarcity affects moral economic behavior. We analyze a comprehensive dataset (k = 44, N = 6,921) across four distinct types of scarcity: financial scarcity, physiological scarcity, scarcity reminders, and lower social class. Our findings show that acute scarcity significantly increases the propensity to engage in unethical behavior (gfinancial = .24, gphysiological = .39, greminders = .32). Importantly, we find no evidence that low social class affects unethical behavior (gsocial class = .02). We discuss how these findings advance our understanding of the psychological and moral consequences of material scarcity.


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