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Do Business Students make Good Citizens?

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  • Stephan Meier
  • Bruno S. Frey

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Business students are portrayed as behaving too egoistically. The critics call for more social responsibility and good citizenship behavior on the part of business students. We present evidence of pro-social behavior in business students. Every student at the University of Zurich has to decide each semester whether he/she wants to contribute to two social funds administrated by the University. With this large panel data set, we can analyze whether business students indeed behave less pro-socially than other students. Two specific hypotheses are tested: do students select into business studies or does the training in business studies indoctrinate students in a negative way? The evidence suggests that there may be a selection effect going on. Therefore, economics education does not change the citizenship behavior of business students.

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Paper provided by Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich in its series IEW - Working Papers with number 148.

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