Envy and Altruism in Children
AbstractEnvy 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.
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Date of creation: 17 Sep 2010
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artefactual field experiment; children; envy; altruism;
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- C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
- C99 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Other
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- NEP-ALL-2010-10-02 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2010-10-02 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EVO-2010-10-02 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2010-10-02 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2010-10-02 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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