Current Granted Projects:
The Development of Non-Standard Preferences
2.750.000 DKK (360.000 Euro)
Carlsbergfondet, Individual Research Project Grant
September 2015 - August 2018
Are economic preferences an innate and specific characteristic of each human being or are they learnt through socialization? This fundamental question on nature or nurture has attracted the attention of developmental psychologist and, more recently, also of economists. With this project we propose to run a series of large scale economic experiments with children and adolescents (from 5 to 18 year-old) directly in their schools in the Copenhagen area. Moreover, we want to combine behavioral data both with registered data and with self-reported data and ask both parents and teachers to participate in similar experiments to measure how these preferences are transmitted and shaped by their interaction with the child. The complexity of this unique dataset will allow us to i) study the development of preferences, ii) investigate if there is a correlation between the development of different types of preferences and iii) discover the determinants of this development. This research will improve our understanding of preferences and will help the policy maker to design programs that can foster academic achievement and propose interventions that can improve educational outcomes.