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Children's GrI-Creativity: Effects of Limited Resources in Creative Drawing

Giuseppe Attanasi (), Michela Chessa (), Carlo Ciucani and Sara Gil Gallen
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Carlo Ciucani: LUISS University, Rome, Italy
Sara Gil Gallen: Università degli studi di Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy

No 2020-34, GREDEG Working Papers from Groupe de REcherche en Droit, Economie, Gestion (GREDEG CNRS), Université Côte d'Azur, France

Abstract: We define GrI-creativity as the specific creative cognition process resulting in green innovation, i.e., directed toward the generation of green rather than non-green products. In this work, we developed an operational way to investigate the GrI-creativity process and its determinants through a lab-in-the-field experiment with primary school children aged from 7 to 11 years old. Subjects performed a common drawing task, but with different means: only a black marker, any color among twelve (including black), or three among the same twelve color set. Our findings show that (i) freedom of choice in the used tools is boosting creativity, (ii) limited resources do not boost creativity, but they are not detrimental either. According to our results, GrI-creativity can be enhanced by providing fewer resources, but ensuring that individuals are given some discretion when it comes to choosing which of them to use. Therefore, we combine our experimental method with insights from social psychology. We provide evidence of a highly significant positive effect on creativity of three personal traits of the subjects, namely: a high score at the Cognitive Reflection Test, self-perception of creativity and the practice of sport in daily life. All these results are in line with the existing literature investigating the determinants of creativity. More surprisingly, we do not find evidence of a role of the risk preferences.

Keywords: Creativity; Green Innovation; Experimental Economics; Social Psychology (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D91 O31 Q50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2020-07
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