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Discrimination at Young Age: Experimental Evidence from Preschool Children

Parampreet Christopher Bindra, Daniela Glätzle-Rützler and Philipp Lergetporer ()

No 7396, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: Discrimination is an ubiquitous phenomenon in many societies, but little is known about its origins in childhood. In a framed field experiment, we let 142 three to six-year old preschool children allocate a fixed endowment between an in-group and an out-group receiver in two domains (gender and group affiliation). Discrimination is prevalent in our subjects, since they allocate more than half of their endowment to the in-group. The extent of discrimination does not differ between domains, suggesting that it is a universal, as opposed to a domain-specific, trait. Analyzing age dynamics, we find that discrimination develops with age.

Keywords: discrimination; children; experiment; fairness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 C93 D03 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe and nep-exp
Date: 2018
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