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Social Information and Charitable Giving: An artefactual field experiment with young children and adolescents

  • Guzmán, Andrea

    ()

    (Universidad Nacional de Colombia-Sede Medellin)

  • Villegas-Palacio, Clara

    ()

    (Universidad Nacional de Colombia-Sede Medellin)

  • Wollbrant, Conny

    ()

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

A growing literature in economics examines the development of preferences among children and adolescents. We combine a repeated dictator game with treatments that either provides participants with information about the average behavior of others or not. In a sample of 384 children aged 5-17, we find an increase in donations until the age of 13-14, but not beyond.We find no effect of social information on average donation behavior in any of the studied age-groups, but do find effects on the distributions of donations.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 564.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 27 Mar 2013
Date of revision: 14 Jan 2014
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0564
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