Gender and Cooperation in Children: Experiments in Colombia and Sweden
Universidad de Los Andes; Indiana University Bloomington - Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis; University of Massachusetts at Amherst - College of Natural Resources & the Environment - Department of Resource Economics
Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics
Emma Von Essen
Stockholm University - Department of Economics
Stockholm School of Economics
June 12, 2012
Documento CEDE No. 2012-14
This paper compares cooperation among Columbian and Swedish children aged 9-12. We illustrate the dynamics of the prisoner’s dilemma in a new task that is easily understood by children and performed during a physical education class. We find some evidence that children cooperate more in Sweden than in Colombia. Girls in Colombia are less cooperative than boys, whereas our results indicate the opposite gender gap in Sweden. On average, children are more cooperative with boys than with girls.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 12
Keywords: cooperation, children, gender differences, experiment
JEL Classification: C91, D03, J16working papers series
Date posted: April 10, 2011 ; Last revised: July 20, 2012
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