Cooperativeness and Competitiveness in Children

29 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2015

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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

University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics

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Date Written: March 10, 2015

Abstract

Cooperation and competition are both essential elements of economic life. Here we explore how cooperativeness in a prisoner’s dilemma is correlated with competitiveness in a sample of 9-12 year old children in Colombia and Sweden. Using two different measures and four different tasks for competitiveness, we find no consistent relationship between cooperativeness and competitiveness. However, we find evidence of a negative relationship between willingness to compete in a math task and cooperativeness in the overall sample. Competitiveness in math has previously been related to educational choices, and may therefore be the most economically relevant relationship.

Keywords: cooperation, competitiveness, experiment, children

JEL Classification: C91, D03, J13

Suggested Citation

Cárdenas, Juan-Camilo and Dreber, Anna and von Essen, Emma and Ranehill, Eva, Cooperativeness and Competitiveness in Children (March 10, 2015). Documento CEDE No. 2015-13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2580254 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2580254

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Emma Von Essen

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Eva Ranehill

University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics ( email )

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