We study allocation behavior when outcome inequality is inevitable but a fair process is feasible, as in selecting one person from several candidates for a job or award. We show that allocators may be influenced by inappropriate criteria, impeding the implementation of a fair process. We study four interventions to induce process fairness without restricting the allocator’s decisions: Increasing the transparency of the allocation process; providing a private randomization device; allowing the allocator to delegate to a public randomization device; and allowing the allocator to avoid information on inappropriate criteria. All interventions except transparency have positive effects, but differ substantially in their impact.
|Place of Publication||Tilburg|
|Publisher||CentER, Center for Economic Research|
|Number of pages||32|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Apr 2019|
|Name||CentER Discussion Paper|
- procedural justice
Schmidt, R. J., & Trautmann, S. (2019). Implementing (Un)fair Procedures? Favoritism and Process Fairness when Inequality is Inevitable. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 201-013). Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research.