Noblesse oblige emerges (with time): Power enhances intergenerational beneficence

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Across four experiments, we examine how the experience of power affects intergenerational decision-making. We argue, and empirically demonstrate, that the experience of power enhances intergenerational beneficence. This effect emerges because the experience of power in intergenerational dilemmas prompts a sense of social responsibility among powerholders. In particular, the experience of power in intergenerational contexts leads people to feel an obligation to look out for the long-term interests of others, which in turn enhances generosity to future others. Thus, the positive effect of power on intergenerational beneficence is mediated by a sense of responsibility to look after others' long-term interests.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tost, LP; Wade-Benzoni, KA; Johnson, HH

Published Date

  • May 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 128 /

Start / End Page

  • 61 - 73

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0749-5978

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.obhdp.2015.03.003

Citation Source

  • Scopus