Angerer, Silvia Glätzle-Rützler, Daniela Lergetporer, Philipp Sutter, Matthias
Year of Publication:
Working Papers in Economics and Statistics No. 2014-21
We study in a sample of 1,070 primary school children, aged seven to eleven years, how altruism in a donation experiment is related to children's risk attitudes and intertemporal choices. Examining such a relationship is motivated by theories of reciprocal altruism that provide a cornerstone for understanding human social behavior. We find that higher risk tolerance and patience in intertemporal choice increase, in general, the level of donations, albeit the effects are non-linear. We confirm earlier results that altruism increases with age during childhood and that girls are more altruistic than boys. Having older brothers makes subjects less altruistic.
altruism donations risk attitudes intertemporal choices experiment children