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Children's Altruism in Public Good and Dictator Experiments

William Harbaugh () and Kate Krause ()

Economic Inquiry, 2000, vol. 38, issue 1, 95-109

Abstract: We examine the development of altruistic and free-riding behavior in 6-12 year-old children. We find that the level of altruistic behavior in children is similar to that of adults but that repetition has a different effect. Younger children's contributions of older children, like those of adults, tend to decline. Group attachment is associated with higher contributions. Contributions in a subsequent dictator experiment are correlated with first-round contributions in the public good experiment, but are not strongly correlated with last-round contributions. Copyright 2000 by Oxford University Press.

Date: 2000
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