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ERIC Number: EJ929194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
"I Had So Much It Didn't Seem Fair": Eight-Year-Olds Reject Two Forms of Inequity
Blake, Peter R.; McAuliffe, Katherine
Cognition, v120 n2 p215-224 Aug 2011
Research using economic games has demonstrated that adults are willing to sacrifice rewards in order to prevent inequity both when they receive less than a social partner (disadvantageous inequity) and when they receive more (advantageous inequity). We investigated the development of both forms of inequity aversion in 4- to 8-year-olds using a novel economic game in which children could accept or reject unequal allocations of candy with an unfamiliar peer. The results showed that 4- to 7-year-olds rejected disadvantageous offers, but accepted advantageous offers. By contrast, 8-year-olds rejected both forms of inequity. These results suggest that two distinct mechanisms underlie the development of the two forms of inequity aversion. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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