Angerer, Silvia Glätzle-Rützler, Daniela Lergetporer, Philipp Sutter, Matthias
Year of Publication:
ifo Working Paper No. 177
We study with 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 intertemporalchoices. Examining such a relationship is motivated by theories of reciprocalaltruism that provide a cornerstone to understand human social behavior. We find thathigher risk tolerance and patience in intertemporal choice increase, in general, the levelof donations, albeit the effects are non-linear. We confirm earlier results that altruismincreases with age during childhood and that girls are more altruistic than boys. Havingolder brothers makes subjects less altruistic.