Effects of resource divisibility and expectations of sharing on envy

Yumi Inoue, Charles E. Hoogland, Hiroki Takehashi, Koji Murata

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In three experiments, we provide evidence that resource divisibility and expectations of sharing influence the degree to which envy arises in response to another’s superior resources. We manipulated the resource divisibility (e.g., 2 coins worth approximately $5.50 each vs. a single note worth approximately $11) and expectations of sharing were measured (Experiments 1 and 2) and manipulated (Experiment 3). Findings in these three experiments supported our hypothesis that envy would be most strongly experienced in response to others who had highly divisible resources that participants did not believe would be shared. These findings offer novel insights into the adaptive function of envy, which may promote sharing of divisible resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-972
Number of pages12
JournalMotivation and Emotion
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Divisibility
  • Envy
  • Expectations
  • Sharing


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