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Gender and Cooperation in Children: Experiments in Colombia and Sweden

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  • Juan-Camilo Cardenas, Facultad de Economía Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Anna Dreber, Department of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
  • Emma von Essen
  • Eva Ranehill, Department of Economics, University of Zürich, Switzerland
In this article we compare cooperation among Colombian and Swedish children aged 9-12. We illustrate the dynamics of the prisoner’s dilemma in a new task that is easily understood by children and performed during a physical education class. We find no robust evidence of a difference in cooperation between Colombia and Sweden overall. However, Colombian girls cooperate less than Swedish girls. We also find indications that girls in Colombia are less cooperative than boys. Finally, there is also a tendency for children to be more cooperative with boys than with girls on average.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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