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Gender and Cooperation in Children: Experiments in Colombia and Sweden

  • Cárdenas, Juan-Camilo Cárdenas


    (Universidad de los Andes)

  • Dreber, Anna Dreber


    (Institute for Financial Research (SIFR))

  • von Essen, Emma


    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

  • Ranehill, Eva


    (Stockholm School of Economics)

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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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2011:15.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 11 Apr 2011
Date of revision: 12 Jun 2012
Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2011_0015
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  1. Juan Camilo Cárdenasl & Anna Dreber & Emma von Essen & Eva Ranehill, 2010. "Gender Differences in Competitiveness and Risk Taking: Comparing Children in Colombia and Sweden," DOCUMENTOS CEDE 007719, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
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  7. Juan Camilo Cardenas & Jeffrey Carpenter, 2008. "Behavioural Development Economics: Lessons from Field Labs in the Developing World," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(3), pages 311-338.
  8. Martinsson, Peter & Nordblom, Katarina & Rützler, Daniela & Sutter, Matthias, 2010. "Social preferences during childhood and the role of gender and age - An experiment in Austria and Sweden," Working Papers in Economics 474, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
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