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Envy and Altruism in Children

  • Kirsten Häger

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    (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

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    Envy and altruism have been studied extensively in adults. Here, we report data from an experiment studying envious and altruistic behavior in children. We study a sample of German school children aged seven to ten in a natural setting. We run two treatments. One treatment investigates envy, the other one studies altruism. Additionally, we collect data on the children's cognitive and social skills, and on their socio-demographic background. Controlling for these factors, we find that older children are significantly more altruistic. Boys care more about their relative position than girls. Socio-demographic information have limited predictive power in both treatments.

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    Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2010-063.

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    Date of creation: 17 Sep 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2010-063
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