Do Economists Make Bad Citizens?
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AbstractAlthough field experiments and classroom surveys are ambiguous about whether economists are less likely than others to cooperate in social dilemmas, three important points remain clear: economics training encourages the view that people are motivated primarily by self-interest; there is clear evidence that this view leads people to expect others to defect in social dilemmas; and there is also evidence that, when people expect partners to defect, they are overwhelmingly likely to defect themselves. These points' logical implications appear to place a heavy burden of proof on those who insist economics training does not inhibit cooperation.
Citation1996. "Do Economists Make Bad Citizens?." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 10(1): 187-192. DOI: 10.1257/jep.10.1.187
- A11 Role of Economics; Role of Economists
- A13 Relation of Economics to Social Values