Personality traits, fair division strategy equity preferences and levels of trust

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Quinn, Chris
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Fair division strategies involve the splitting up of resources in such a way that each participant receives a fair or equitable share. Factors which may influence the preference of these strategies have been the subject of much research in both the economical and psychological fields. These include the big five traits of agreeableness, extraversion and gender, age and education levels. 110 participants completed a questionnaire measuring big five trait levels and measuring equity of division strategy preferences in partner, network and general trust level scenarios. The study showed a positive relationship between extraversion and higher education levels with equity of fair division strategies and a preference for more equitable strategies for closer trust levels.