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
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)
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