Discrimination at Young Age: Experimental Evidence from Preschool Children

30 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2019

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Discrimination is an ubiquitous phenomenon in many societies, but little is known about its origins in childhood. In a framed field experiment, we let 142 three to six-year old preschool children allocate a fixed endowment between an in-group and an out-group receiver in two domains (gender and group affiliation). Discrimination is prevalent in our subjects, since they allocate more than half of their endowment to the in-group. The extent of discrimination does not differ between domains, suggesting that it is a universal, as opposed to a domain-specific, trait. Analyzing age dynamics, we find that discrimination develops with age.

Keywords: discrimination, children, experiment, fairness

JEL Classification: C910, C930, D030

Suggested Citation

Bindra, Parampreet Christopher and Rützler, Daniela and Lergetporer, Philipp, Discrimination at Young Age: Experimental Evidence from Preschool Children (2018). CESifo Working Paper No. 7396. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338750

Parampreet Christopher Bindra (Contact Author)

University of Innsbruck ( email )

Universitätsstraße 15
Innsbruck, Innsbruck 6020
Austria

Daniela Rützler

University of Innsbruck ( email )

Philipp Lergetporer

University of Innsbruck ( email )

Universitätsstraße 15
Innsbruck, 6020
Austria

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