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ERIC Number: EJ794580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
To Give or Not to Give: Children's and Adolescents' Sharing and Moral Negotiations in Economic Decision Situations
Gummerum, Michaela; Keller, Monika; Takezawa, Masanori; Mata, Jutta
Child Development, v79 n3 p562-576 May-Jun 2008
This study interconnects developmental psychology of fair and moral behavior with economic game theory. One hundred eighty-nine 9- to 17-year-old students shared a sum of money as individuals and groups with another anonymous group (dictator game). Individual allocations did not differ by age but did by gender and were predicted by participants' preferences for fair allocations. Group decision making followed a majority process. Level of moral reasoning did not predict individual offers, but group members with a higher moral reasoning ability were more influential during group negotiations and in influencing group outcomes. The youngest participants justified offers more frequently by referring to simple distribution principles. Older participants employed more complex reasons to justify deviations from allocation principles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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