Drivers and Outcome of Destructive Envy Behavior in an Economic Game Setting

Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 65, April 2013, pp.173 - 194

22 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2013

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Inga Wobker

Zeppelin University - Institute of Corporate Management & Economics

Peter Kenning

Zeppelin University

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Although economic research acknowledges the powerful influence of envy, little is known about what drives destructive envy behavior. We address this gap by using evolutionary theory as a framework to better understand destructive envy behavior and to link it to psychological drivers. We use an experiment in which subjects participated in a lottery intended to evoke envy in the losers. Participants were subsequently offered the possibility of paying to reduce the other participant’s balance. The results make it possible for us to identify the most influential drivers of destructive envy behavior, and enable discussion of implications of such behavior for economics.

Keywords: Envy, Emotions, Economic Decision Making, Other-Regarding Behavior

JEL Classification: C92, D03, D31, D63

Suggested Citation

Wobker, Inga and Kenning, Peter, Drivers and Outcome of Destructive Envy Behavior in an Economic Game Setting (2013). Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 65, April 2013, pp.173 - 194. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2337453

Inga Wobker (Contact Author)

Zeppelin University - Institute of Corporate Management & Economics ( email )

Am Seemooser Horn 20
DE-88045 Friedrichshafen
Germany

Peter Kenning

Zeppelin University ( email )

Am Seemooser Horn 20
Friedrichshafen, Lake Constance 88045
Germany

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