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Development of Other-Regarding Preferences in Children and Adolescents

Katrin John

Other-regarding preferences, hence appreciation of others’ welfare, are mainly culturally transmitted, whereby most of the development takes place in the sensitive period of childhood and adolescence. This work analyzes the development as well as possible influencing factors of other-regarding preferences during this period. To test the hypotheses derived from developmental and socialization aspects, the author conducts a survey measuring altruistic and cooperative preferences for German pupils. Results show that over the age span studied altruism and cooperation are increasingly important. Individual differences show none or only small relationship with measures of other-regarding preferences while differences in school environments are similarly important to age differences.

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3 Set-Up and Implementation of the Empirical Analysis of Other-Regarding Preferences


3.1 Framework of the Analysis

Insights from different strands of the literature provide a framework for the analysis of possible influences on other-regarding preferences. Particularly, it has been demonstrated that other-regarding preferences evolve during childhood and adolescence and that transmission of preferences hinges on different socialization institutions. Taken together, it is the main aim of this thesis to analyze the possible influence of individual and environmental characteristics during the sensitive period of development of other-regarding preferences. Regarding the empirical analysis accomplished to investigate different possible influences, I propose a non-comprehensive list of possible influences. The choice is led by the above presented insights on preference formation as well as by the idea that those characteristics have to be measurable in order to be applicable in the analysis. Details on the measurement of the possible influences will be given in sections 3.3.1 and 3.4.

Before turning to the measures of possible influences, measures of other-regarding preferences are presented in the first place. These will be elicited with the help of experimental games played with children and adolescents in school age. More specifically, fairness concerns will be measured with the help of dictator games and cooperation preferences will be elicited with the help of public goods experiments. In order to show a development of other-regarding preferences, children and adolescents of different age will be used as subjects in the experiments. Finally, possible determinants will, on the one hand, be implemented via the experimental design and, on...

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