Why are Economics Students More Selfish than the Rest?

Posted: 5 Dec 2009

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Elaina Rose

University of Washington - Department of Economics

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Date Written: December 3, 2009

Abstract

A substantial body of research suggests that economists are less generous than other professionals and that economics students are less generous than other students. We address this question using administrative data on donations to social programs by students at the University of Washington. Our data set allows us to track student donations and economics training over time in order to distinguish selection effects from indoctrination effects. We find that economics majors are less likely to donate than other students and that there is an indoctrination effect for non-majors but not for majors.

Keywords: altruism, public goods

JEL Classification: A13

Suggested Citation

Rose, Elaina, Why are Economics Students More Selfish than the Rest? (December 3, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1518081

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