Egalitarianism in young children

  title={Egalitarianism in young children},
  author={Ernst Fehr and Helen Bernhard and Bettina Rockenbach},
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… Expand
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  • M. Paulus
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Front. Psychol.
  • 2014
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