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Good Neighbors/Bad Citizens: Personal Value Priorities of Economists

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  • Gandal, N.
  • Roccas, S.

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Several recent studies found that the behavior of economists was less cooperative than the behavior of non-economists. However, other studies found 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 peoples 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.

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  • Gandal, N. & Roccas, S., 1999. "Good Neighbors/Bad Citizens: Personal Value Priorities of Economists," Papers 1-99, Tel Aviv.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:teavfo:1-99
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    Keywords

    SOCIAL VALUES ; BEHAVIOUR ; ECONOMISTS;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics

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