The development of fairness in children
Marco Piovesan, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen.
Scholars across disciplines have long been interested in the study of fairness. Fairness is an important feature of human resource sharing that promotes unselfish behavior in a wide range of contexts, from how people share food in hunter-gatherer societies to how people think the income tax system should work and resources redistributed. In this talk I will show how the concept of fairness develops over the childhood using data from a series of novel experiments with children from 6 to 11 years old. I will also present evidence that shed new light on the relationship between fairness and morality, fairness and self-regulation, fairness and popularity.