Children's Economic Decision Making

Worksite Location
CCE Cortland County, and possibly, CCE Seneca and Broome Counties.
Faculty Sponsor
Gary Evans, Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis; David Just, Professor, Applied Economics and Management
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Barbara Henza, Community Educator
Stipend Amount
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Low-income adults show greater hyperbolic discounting, underweighting future rewards against immediate ones.

We are interested in whether this is also true for young children. We expect it will be, and thus, are also examining possible underlying reasons such as chronic stress or shorter future time perspective.

Roles and Responsibilities

We have piloted, revised and collected some data in CCE Tompkins County. Will expand to Cortland and other adjacent counties. Intern will work with another student to help recruit children via CCE and then collect and analyze data.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CHE freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.

Research methods/ statistics. Ideally, Microeconomics and Introduction to Developmental Psychology.

Benefits and Skills

• How to develop and run a research project on children.
• Knowledge about poverty and child development.