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Discrimination at Young Age: Experimental Evidence from Preschool Children

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  • Parampreet Christopher Bindra
  • Daniela Glätzle-Rützler
  • Philipp Lergetporer

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Discrimination is an ubiquitous phenomenon in many societies, but little is known about its origins in childhood. In a framed field experiment, we let 142 three to six-year old preschool children allocate a fixed endowment between an in-group and an out-group receiver in two domains (gender and group affiliation). Discrimination is prevalent in our subjects, since they allocate more than half of their endowment to the in-group. The extent of discrimination does not differ between domains, suggesting that it is a universal, as opposed to a domain-specific, trait. Analyzing age dynamics, we find that discrimination develops with age.

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  • Parampreet Christopher Bindra & Daniela Glätzle-Rützler & Philipp Lergetporer, 2018. "Discrimination at Young Age: Experimental Evidence from Preschool Children," CESifo Working Paper Series 7396, CESifo.
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    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles

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