Egalitarianism in young children

  title={Egalitarianism in young children},
  author={E. Fehr and H. Bernhard and B. Rockenbach},
  • E. Fehr, H. Bernhard, B. Rockenbach
  • Published 2008
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Human social interaction is strongly shaped by other-regarding preferences, that is, a concern for the welfare of others. These preferences are important for a unique aspect of human sociality—large scale cooperation with genetic strangers—but little is known about their developmental roots. Here we show that young children’s other-regarding preferences assume a particular form, inequality aversion that develops strongly between the ages of 3 and 8. At age 3–4, the overwhelming majority of… CONTINUE READING
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