Good Neighbours/Bad Citizens: Personal Value Priorities of Economists

16 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2003

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Neil Gandal

Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Sonia Roccas

Open University of Israel - Department of Education and Psychology

Date Written: November 2002

Abstract

Several recent studies found that the behaviour of economists was less cooperative than the behaviour of non-economists. Other studies found, however, that economists behaved no differently than other individuals. In this Paper, we study this issue by examining personal value priorities of economics students and students from other disciplines. Values are desirable goals that transcend specific situations and serve as guiding principles in people's lives. We find that the value priorities reported by students of economics are different from those reported by students from other fields: Economists attribute more importance to achievement and power values and less importance to universalism. Our findings also indicate that the value differences between students of economics and students from other disciplines were already apparent before students were exposed to training in economics.

Keywords: Value priorities, economists

JEL Classification: A12

Suggested Citation

Gandal, Neil and Roccas, Sonia, Good Neighbours/Bad Citizens: Personal Value Priorities of Economists (November 2002). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3660. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=368320

Neil Gandal (Contact Author)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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United Kingdom

Sonia Roccas

Open University of Israel - Department of Education and Psychology ( email )

Tel Aviv 61392
Israel
+972 3 646 5424 (Phone)

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