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Title:Social preferences in childhood and adolescence: A large-scale experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Sutter, Matthias
Feri, Francesco
Kocher, Martin G.
Martinsson, Peter
Nordblom, Katarina
Rützler, Daniela
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5016
Abstract:Social preferences have been shown to be an important determinant of economic decision making for many adults. We present a large-scale experiment with 883 children and adolescents, aged eight to seventeen years. Participants make decisions in eight simple, one-shot allocation tasks, allowing us to study the distribution of social preference types across age and across gender. Our results show that when children and teenagers grow older, inequality aversion becomes a gradually less prominent motivating force of allocation decisions. At the same time, efficiency concerns increase in importance for boys, and maximin-preferences turn more important in shaping decisions of girls.
Subjects:Social preferences
children
age
gender
experiment
JEL:C91
D63
D64
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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