Donations, risk attitudes and time preferences : a study on altruism in primary school children
Title: Donations, risk attitudes and time preferences : a study on altruism in primary school children
Series/Number: EUI ECO; 2014/04
We study with a sample of 1,070 primary school children, aged seven to eleven years, how altruism in a donation experiment is related to children’s risk attitudes and intertemporal choices. Examining such a relationship is motivated by theories of reciprocal altruism that provide a cornerstone to understand human social behavior. We find that higher risk tolerance and patience in intertemporal choice increase, in general, the level of donations, albeit the effects are non-linear. We confirm earlier results that altruism increases with age during childhood and that girls are more altruistic than boys. Having older brothers makes subjects less altruistic.
Subject: Altruism; Donations; Risk attitudes; Antertemporal choices; Experiment; Children
Type of Access: openAccess