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The development of egalitarianism, altruism, spite and parochialism in childhood and adolescence


Fehr, Ernst; Glätzle-Rützler, Daniela; Sutter, Matthias (2013). The development of egalitarianism, altruism, spite and parochialism in childhood and adolescence. European Economic Review, 64:369-383.

Abstract

We study how the distribution of other-regarding preferences develops with age. Based on a set of allocation choices, we classify each of 717 subjects, aged 8 to 17 years, as either egalitarian, altruistic, or spiteful. We find a strong decrease in spitefulness with increasing age. Egalitarianism becomes less frequent, and altruism much more prominent, with age. Females are more frequently classified as egalitarian than males, and less often as altruistic. By varying the allocation recipient as either an in-group or an out-group member, we also study how parochialism develops with age. Parochialism emerges significantly in the teenage years.

Abstract

We study how the distribution of other-regarding preferences develops with age. Based on a set of allocation choices, we classify each of 717 subjects, aged 8 to 17 years, as either egalitarian, altruistic, or spiteful. We find a strong decrease in spitefulness with increasing age. Egalitarianism becomes less frequent, and altruism much more prominent, with age. Females are more frequently classified as egalitarian than males, and less often as altruistic. By varying the allocation recipient as either an in-group or an out-group member, we also study how parochialism develops with age. Parochialism emerges significantly in the teenage years.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:November 2013
Deposited On:12 Nov 2013 13:53
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:08
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0014-2921
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2013.09.006

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