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Title:The development of egalitarianism, altruism, spite and parochialism in childhood and adolescence PDF Logo
Authors:Fehr, Ernst
Rützler, Daniela
Sutter, Matthias
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Behavioural Economics 3361
Abstract:We study how the distribution of other-regarding preferences develops with age. Based on a set of allocation choices, we can classify each of 717 subjects, aged 8 to 17 years, as either egalitarian, altruistic, or spiteful. Varying the allocation recipient as either an in-group or an out-group member, we can also study how parochialism develops with age. We find a strong decrease in spitefulness with increasing age. Egalitarianism becomes less frequent, and altruism much more prominent, with age. Women are more frequently classified as egalitarian than men, and less often as altruistic. Parochialism first becomes significant in the teenage years.
Subjects:other-regarding preferences
egalitarianism
altruism
spite
parochialism
experiments with children and adolescents
JEL:C91
D03
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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