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Gender and Cooperation in Children: Experiments in Colombia and Sweden

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  • Cárdenas, Juan-Camilo

    (Department of Economics, Universidad de los Andes)

  • Dreber, Anna

    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • von Essen, Emma

    (Department of Economics, Stockholm university)

  • Ranehill, Eva

    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

Abstract

This paper compares cooperation among Columbian and Swedish children aged 9-12. We illustrate the dynamics of the prisoner’s dilemma in a new task that is easily understood by children and performed during a physical education class. We find some evidence that children cooperate more in Sweden than in Colombia. Girls in Colombia are less cooperative than boys, whereas our results indicate the opposite gender gap in Sweden. On average, children are more cooperative with boys than with girls.

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  • Cárdenas, Juan-Camilo & Dreber, Anna & von Essen, Emma & Ranehill, Eva, 2011. "Gender and Cooperation in Children: Experiments in Colombia and Sweden," SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 735, Stockholm School of Economics, revised 12 Jun 2012.
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    Keywords

    cooperation; children; gender differences; experiment;
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    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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