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Volume 7 Issue 3 (September 1989), Pages 193-287

Children's representations of economic inequality: A replication (pages 275-287)

In a study of children's estimates of occupational incomes Emler & Dickinson (1985) found substantial social class but no age differences in a Scottish sample, a result they interpreted as supporting Moscovici's theory of social representation. The main part of that study was replicated with West German children of the age range 8–12, whose parents were also interviewed. In addition to income children were also asked to make price estimates of common consumer goods. Significant age but no social class differences were found, estimates of both types progressively converging upon true values. There were no significant relationships between the estimates of children and their parents. These contrasting findings are discussed with reference to the theory of social representation.

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