Role Integration Increases the Fungibility of Mentally Accounted Funds

Bridging the gap between the mental accounting and identities/roles literatures, the present research examines how the extent to which an individual's life roles (e.g., “employee,” “spouse”) are integrated (i.e., have more flexible and permeable psychological boundaries between them) moderates the fungibility of mentally accounted funds. Specifically, individuals with more integrated roles are more able to circumvent the constraints typically imposed by mental budgeting and earmarking; therefore, they are more likely to use funds that are allocated or budgeted for the purposes of one role to service the needs/wants of another role. This holds regardless of whether funds have been (1) allocated to a broader role-specific mental account for future expenditures or (2) earmarked for a specific purchase. The authors find evidence that the effect of role integration arises because those with more integrated roles believe that making purchases for one role using funds allocated or budgeted for the other role is more justifiable.

Iman Paul et al, Role Integration Increases the Fungibility of Mentally Accounted Funds, Journal of Marketing Research (60, 2) pp. . Copyright © 2023. DOI: 10.1177/00222437221112058. Users who receive access to an article through a repository are reminded that the article is protected by copyright and reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses. Users may also download and save a local copy of an article accessed in an institutional repository for the user's personal reference. For permission to reuse an article, please follow our Process for Requesting Permission.



Work Title Role Integration Increases the Fungibility of Mentally Accounted Funds
Open Access
  1. Iman Paul
  2. Jeffrey R. Parker
  3. Sara Loughran Dommer
  1. Mental accounting
  2. Fungibility
  3. Role integration
  4. Justification
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Work Type Article
  1. Journal of Marketing Research
Publication Date 2023
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Deposited September 06, 2023




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    • Mental accounting, Fungibility, Role integration, Justification
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