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Social preferences and lying aversion in children

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  • Valeria Maggian

    (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca [Milano])

  • Marie Claire Villeval

    ()

    (GATE Lyon Saint-Étienne - Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique - ENS Lyon - École normale supérieure - Lyon - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - UCBL - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 - UJM - Université Jean Monnet [Saint-Étienne] - Université de Lyon - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

While previous research has shown that social preferences develop in childhood, we study whether this development is accompanied by reduced use of deception when lies would harm others, and increased use of deception to benefit others. In a sample of children aged between 7 and 14, we find strong aversion to lying at all ages. Lying is driven mainly by selfish motives and envy. Children with stronger social preferences are less prone to deception, even when lying would benefit others at no monetary cost. Older children lie less than younger children and require more self-justification to lie.

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Date of creation: 09 Jul 2014
Publication status: Published in 17th European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) General Meeting, 9-12 juillet 2014, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas, Jul 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01077225
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