Social preferences in childhood and adolescence. A large-scale experiment to estimate primary and secondary motivations

Author(s)
Matthias Sutter, Francesco Feri, Daniela Glätzle-Rützler, Martin G. Kocher, Peter Martinsson, Katarina Nordblom
Abstract

We elicit social preferences of 883 children and teenagers, aged eight to 17 years, in an experiment. Using an econometric mixture model we estimate a subject's primary and secondary social preference motivations. The secondary motivation indicates the motivation that becomes relevant when the primary motivation implies indifference between various choices. For girls, particularly older ones, maximin-preferences are the most frequent primary motivation, while for boys efficiency concerns are most relevant. Examining secondary motivations reveals that girls are mostly social-welfare-oriented, with strong equity concerns. Boys are also oriented towards social welfare, but are more concerned with efficiency than with equity.

Organisation(s)
Vienna Center for Experimental Economics, Department of Economics
External organisation(s)
Universität zu Köln, University of London, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, IHS - Institut für Höhere Studien und wissenschaftliche Forschung, University of Gothenburg
Journal
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Volume
146
Pages
16-30
No. of pages
15
ISSN
0167-2681
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2017.12.007
Publication date
02-2018
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
Behavioural economics, Microeconomics
Keywords
ASJC Scopus subject areas
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Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/social-preferences-in-childhood-and-adolescence-a-largescale-experiment-to-estimate-primary-and-secondary-motivations(7c84c6d9-7ef6-4f0c-917e-69ed7b4708c3).html