Enhancing Prosocial Attitudes: Evidence from the Scholarship Program Reform by Korea University

26 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2017 Last revised: 11 Apr 2019

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Seung-Gyu Sim

Aoyama Gakuin University

Sung Jin Kang

Independent

Yasuyuki Sawada

University of Tokyo; Asian Development Bank - Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD)

Yeon Ju Baik

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 23, 2019

Abstract

We extend the conventional perspective of economic research, that individuals' preferences are exogenously given or shaped by exogenous shocks, to assess whether and to what extent an artificial policy intervention that requires adult individuals to engage in social activities can nurture pro-social attitudes. In particular, we exploit the novel experience of Korea University's social work-based scholarship program, which obligates recipients to teach children of low-income families, to disentangle the nurturing, proximity, self-selection, and screening effects on preferences. The estimated model provides strong evidence for the nurturing hypothesis, that is, that 'social engagement enhances pro-social attitudes.'

Keywords: Pro-social Attitudes, Social Work-based Scholarship

JEL Classification: C91, D64, I22

Suggested Citation

Sim, Seung-Gyu and Kang, Sung Jin and Sawada, Yasuyuki and Baik, Yeon Ju, Enhancing Prosocial Attitudes: Evidence from the Scholarship Program Reform by Korea University (February 23, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2999960 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2999960

Seung-Gyu Sim (Contact Author)

Aoyama Gakuin University ( email )

4-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, 150-8366
Japan

Sung Jin Kang

Independent

Yasuyuki Sawada

University of Tokyo ( email )

Yayoi 1-1-1
Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8657
Japan

Asian Development Bank - Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD) ( email )

Philippines

Yeon Ju Baik

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics ( email )

1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
United States

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