Discussion paper

DP12253 The Determinants of Strategic Thinking in Preschool Children

Strategic thinking is an essential component of rational decision-making. However,
little is known about its developmental aspects. Here we show that preschoolers can
reason strategically in simple individual decisions that require to anticipate a limited
number of future decisions. This ability is transferred only partially to solve more
complex individual decision problems or to eciently interact with others. This ability
is also more developed among older children in the classroom. The results indicate
that while preschoolers potentially have the capacity to think strategically, it does not
always translate into acting strategically.


Brocas, I and J Carrillo (2017), ‘DP12253 The Determinants of Strategic Thinking in Preschool Children‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 12253. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp12253