Donations, Risk Attitudes and Time Preferences: A Study on Altruism in Primary School Children

26 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2014

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Silvia Angerer

UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology

Daniela Rützler

University of Innsbruck

Philipp Lergetporer

University of Innsbruck

Matthias Sutter

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods; University of Cologne - Department of Economics

Abstract

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.

Keywords: altruism, donations, risk attitudes, intertemporal choices, experiment, children

JEL Classification: C91, D03, D63, D64

Suggested Citation

Angerer, Silvia and Rützler, Daniela and Lergetporer, Philipp and Sutter, Matthias, Donations, Risk Attitudes and Time Preferences: A Study on Altruism in Primary School Children. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8020. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2409542

Silvia Angerer (Contact Author)

UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology ( email )

Eduard-Wallnöfer-Zentrum 1
Hall, Tirol 6060
Austria

Daniela Rützler

University of Innsbruck ( email )

Philipp Lergetporer

University of Innsbruck ( email )

Universitätsstraße 15
Innsbruck, 6020
Austria

Matthias Sutter

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods ( email )

Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 10
D-53113 Bonn, 53113
Germany

University of Cologne - Department of Economics

Cologne, 50923
Germany

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