• Heidi Vuletich, UNC at Chapel Hill
  • Alton Peques, UNC at Chapel Hill
  • Kurt Gray, UNC at Chapel Hill
  • Keith Payne, UNC at Chapel Hill
In two studies, we investigated whether preferences towards inequality shift depending on the individual’s status, even when that status changed randomly. We predicted that players who had done well would prefer more unequal reward distributions. We found support for this hypothesis; our results suggest that status influences preferences for inequality, even when status is determined by chance.