The Determinants of Strategic Thinking in Preschool Children

21 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2017

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Isabelle Brocas

University of Southern California - Department of Economics

Juan D. Carrillo

University of Southern California - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: August 2017

Abstract

Strategic thinking is an essential component of rational decision-making. However, little is known about its developmental aspects. Here we show that preschoolers can reason strategically in simple individual decisions that require to anticipate a limited number of future decisions. This ability is transferred only partially to solve more complex individual decision problems or to efficiently interact with others. This ability is also more developed among older children in the classroom. The results indicate that while preschoolers potentially have the capacity to think strategically, it does not always translate into acting strategically.

Suggested Citation

Brocas, Isabelle and Carrillo, Juan D., The Determinants of Strategic Thinking in Preschool Children (August 2017). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12253, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3031891

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Juan D. Carrillo

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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