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Benevolence–dependability value and intertemporal choice: Moderating effect of perceived socioeconomic status

Hongxia Li (Tsinghua University), Guoquan Chen (Tsinghua University)
Cite this article:  Li, H., & Chen, G. (2018). Benevolence–dependability value and intertemporal choice: Moderating effect of perceived socioeconomic status. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 46, 1573-1584.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.6826
Publication date: September 2018

Abstract


We recruited 118 university student participants from Beijing to examine how the benevolence– dependability value affects intertemporal choice and how perceived socioeconomic status moderates this relationship. The results showed that participants’ benevolence–dependability value positively predicted their intertemporal choice, and that perceived socioeconomic status moderated this relationship. Further, the benevolence–dependability value of individuals of higher perceived socioeconomic status did not have a significant effect on intertemporal choice. In contrast, the benevolence–dependability value of those of lower perceived socioeconomic status significantly affected their intertemporal choice. These findings suggest that individuals with the benevolence–dependability value make long-term decisions. Theoretical implications for the development of long-term benefits and practical implications for the planning of effective training for business are discussed.



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