Gender and Cooperation in Children: Experiments in Colombia and Sweden

12 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2011 Last revised: 20 Jul 2012

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Juan-Camilo Cárdenas

Universidad de Los Andes

Anna Dreber

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics

Emma von Essen

University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business; Stockholm University - Department of Economics

Eva Ranehill

Stockholm School of Economics

Date Written: June 12, 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: cooperation, children, gender differences, experiment

JEL Classification: C91, D03, J16

Suggested Citation

Cárdenas, Juan-Camilo and Dreber, Anna and von Essen, Emma and Ranehill, Eva, Gender and Cooperation in Children: Experiments in Colombia and Sweden (June 12, 2012). Documento CEDE No. 2012-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1806180 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1806180

Juan-Camilo Cárdenas

Universidad de Los Andes ( email )

Carrera 1a No. 18A-10
Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia
339-4949 ext. 2473 (Phone)

Anna Dreber

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 6501
Sveavagen 65
S-113 83 Stockholm
Sweden

Emma Von Essen (Contact Author)

University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

Nordre Ringgade 1
DK-8000 Aarhus C, 8000
Denmark

Stockholm University - Department of Economics ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10 A
House A, floor 4 and 7
Frescati, Stockholm
Sweden

Eva Ranehill

Stockholm School of Economics ( email )

PO Box 6501
Stockholm, 11383
Sweden

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