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Social preferences during childhood and the role of gender and age - An experiment in Austria and Sweden

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  • Martinsson, Peter

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Nordblom, Katarina

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Rützler, Daniela

    (Department of Public Economics, University of Innsbruck, Austria)

  • Sutter, Matthias

    (Department of Public Economics, University of Innsbruck, Austria)

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We examine social preferences of Swedish and Austrian children and adolescents using the experimental design of Charness and Rabin (2002). We find that difference aversion decreases while social-welfare preferences increase with age.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 474.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 10 Dec 2010
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Publication status: Published as Martinsson, Peter, Katarina Nordblom, Daniela Rützler and Matthias Sutter, 'Social preferences during childhood and the role of gender and age - An experiment in Austria and Sweden' in Economics Letters, 2011, pages 248-251.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0474

Note: Published in Economics Letters, 2011, Vol. 110, pp. 248-251
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Keywords: social preferences; children; adolescents; distributional experiment; Austria; Sweden.;

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  1. Matthias Sutter & Martin Kocher, 2007. "Trust and trustworthiness across different age groups," Artefactual Field Experiments 00110, The Field Experiments Website.
  2. Gary Charness & Matthew Rabin, 2003. "Understanding Social Preferences with Simple Tests," General Economics and Teaching 0303002, EconWPA.
  3. Steven D. Levitt & John A. List, 2007. "What Do Laboratory Experiments Measuring Social Preferences Reveal About the Real World?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 21(2), pages 153-174, Spring.
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