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Title:Envy and Altruism in Children PDF Logo
Authors:Häger, Kirsten
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Jena economic research papers 2010,063
Abstract:Envy and altruism have been studied extensively in adults. Here, we report data from an experiment studying envious and altruistic behavior in children. We study a sample of German school children aged seven to ten in a natural setting. We run two treatments. One treatment investigates envy, the other one studies altruism. Additionally, we collect data on the children's cognitive and social skills, and on their socio-demographic background. Controlling for these factors, we find that older children are significantly more altruistic. Boys care more about their relative position than girls. Socio-demographic information have limited predictive power in both treatments.
Subjects:artefactual field experiment
children
envy
altruism
JEL:C91
C99
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Jena Economic Research Papers, MPI für Ökonomik

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