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Parental background and other-regarding preferences in children

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Parental background and other-regarding preferences in children. / Bauer, Michal; Chytilova, Julie; Pertold-Gebicka, Barbara.

In: Experimental Economics, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2014, p. 24-46.

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Bauer, M, Chytilova, J & Pertold-Gebicka, B 2014, 'Parental background and other-regarding preferences in children', Experimental Economics, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 24-46. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10683-013-9355-y

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Bauer, M., Chytilova, J., & Pertold-Gebicka, B. (2014). Parental background and other-regarding preferences in children. Experimental Economics, 17(1), 24-46. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10683-013-9355-y

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Bauer M, Chytilova J, Pertold-Gebicka B. 2014. Parental background and other-regarding preferences in children. Experimental Economics. 17(1):24-46. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10683-013-9355-y

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Bauer, Michal, Julie Chytilova and Barbara Pertold-Gebicka. "Parental background and other-regarding preferences in children". Experimental Economics. 2014, 17(1). 24-46. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10683-013-9355-y

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Bauer M, Chytilova J, Pertold-Gebicka B. Parental background and other-regarding preferences in children. Experimental Economics. 2014;17(1):24-46. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10683-013-9355-y

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Bauer, Michal ; Chytilova, Julie ; Pertold-Gebicka, Barbara. / Parental background and other-regarding preferences in children. In: Experimental Economics. 2014 ; Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 24-46.

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