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Selfish and Indoctrinated Economists?


Frey, Bruno S; Meier, Stephan (2005). Selfish and Indoctrinated Economists? European Journal of Law and Economics, 19(2):165-171.

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Many people believe that economists in general are more selfish than other people and that this greater selfishness is due to economics education. This paper offers empirical evidence against this widely held belief. Using a unique data set on giving behaviour in connection with two social funds at the University of Zurich, it is shown that economics education does not make people act more selfishly. Rather, this natural experiment suggests that the particular behaviour of economists can be explained by a selection effect

Abstract

Many people believe that economists in general are more selfish than other people and that this greater selfishness is due to economics education. This paper offers empirical evidence against this widely held belief. Using a unique data set on giving behaviour in connection with two social funds at the University of Zurich, it is shown that economics education does not make people act more selfishly. Rather, this natural experiment suggests that the particular behaviour of economists can be explained by a selection effect

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Business and International Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Social Sciences & Humanities > Law
Language:English
Date:1 April 2005
Deposited On:24 Oct 2018 09:28
Last Modified:15 Apr 2020 21:25
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0929-1261
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10657-005-5425-8
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencespringer101007s1065700554258 (Library Catalogue)
https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/52003/

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