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COVID-19 leads to a decrease in prosocial behaviour among disadvantaged adolescents

If a family member falls ill with COVID-19, this has a particularly negative effect on young people from an economically disadvantaged and less educated background. These adolescents not only fall behind in school, their non-cognitive abilities also suffer: they are less prosocial than before. That is the result of a study conducted by a research team led by the behavioural economist Professor Dr Matthias Sutter at the Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences, at the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute at the University of Cologne. Professor Dr Sutter is also a pricipal investigator at C-SEB. The study was published on 8 November, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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