Portions of this research were previously presented at the 23rd annual convention of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Francisco, CA, April 2008. The author thanks Catherine Hamilton and Scott Withrow for their assistance with these studies.
Initiating Salary Discussions With an Extreme Request: Anchoring Effects on Initial Salary Offers†
Article first published online: 12 JUL 2011
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 7, pages 1774–1792, July 2011
How to Cite
THORSTEINSON, T. J. (2011), Initiating Salary Discussions With an Extreme Request: Anchoring Effects on Initial Salary Offers. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41: 1774–1792. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00779.x
- Issue published online: 12 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 12 JUL 2011
Two studies were conducted to examine the effects of implausible anchors on initial salary offers. Participants provided a salary offer to a candidate after receiving a relevant anchor and an implausible anchor. The results of Study 1 indicated that a high implausible anchor influenced salary offers, even in the presence of the relevant anchor. Study 2 examined whether a more extreme implausible anchor would also affect salary offers. The results indicated that both the high anchor and the extremely high anchor led to higher salary offers than did the control condition.