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Fostering Ethical Consumption: How Construal Level Minimizes Ingroup Bias in Ethical Decisions
(A2019-4490)

Published: May 28, 2019

AUTHORS

Diego Costa Pinto, NOVA Information Management School; Adilson Borges, NEOMA Business School; Marcia Maurer Herter, Universidade Europeia

KEYWORDS

ethical consumption; ingroup bias; construal level theory

ABSTRACT

Extant research suggests that consumers usually prefer to engage in ethical decisions from an ingroup member than from an outgroup (i.e., ingroup bias). In five studies (one field observation and four experiments), this research extends previous findings by revealing that construal level moderates the influence of identity cues (ingroup vs. outgroup) on ethical consumption. Our conceptualization argues that ingroup cues lead to more ethical consumption than outgroup cues (ingroup bias) only when people process information in concrete construal. However, when people process information in abstract construal, ingroup and outgroup cues will lead to the same level of ethical consumption (no ingroup bias). The paper also reveals that social goodwill (i.e., the importance of giving back to society) mediates these effects. The findings have important implications for the literature on ethical consumption and social influence.

REFERENCES

The authors thank Yaacov Trope, Barry Babin, and Carlos Torelli for their comments for this paper.