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Children's Altruism in Public Good and Dictator Experiments

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  • Harbaugh, William T
  • Krause, Kate

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We examine the development of altruistic and free-riding behavior in 6-12 year-old children. We find that the level of altruistic behavior in children is similar to that of adults but that repetition has a different effect. Younger children's contributions of older children, like those of adults, tend to decline. Group attachment is associated with higher contributions. Contributions in a subsequent dictator experiment are correlated with first-round contributions in the public good experiment, but are not strongly correlated with last-round contributions. Copyright 2000 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Harbaugh, William T & Krause, Kate, 2000. "Children's Altruism in Public Good and Dictator Experiments," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 38(1), pages 95-109, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:38:y:2000:i:1:p:95-109
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