Research

Resource allocation decisions in the context of social inequalities. 

Series of studies investigating children’s and adolescents’ decisions and reasoning about the allocation of limited resources on the basis of group disadvantaged status, with a focus on economic inequalities.

Gender stereotypes, resource allocation, and intergroup contact. 

Young children’s developing conceptions of merit-based fairness, roles of intergroup contact and gender stereotypes in allocation decisions and reasoning.

Resource allocation and theory of mind. 

How first and second order theory of mind relate to children’s judgments, reasoning, and decisions regarding resource allocation.

Effort and outcome in resource allocation contexts.

Young children’s developing understanding of effort and outcome as components of merit-based fairness and resource allocation decisions.

Social inclusion and exclusion in peer contexts: The role of race and wealth status.  

Children’s and adolescents’ evaluations of group inclusion and exclusion decisions on the basis of race and wealth status in peer contexts.

Claims to resources and mental state knowledge. 

Children’s recognition of the roles of resource type and intentionality of recipient claims when allocating resources.

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