Can economics students be trusted?


It sure doesn’t seem like it. Tim Harford presents the evidence here:

A recent survey by Yoram Bauman and Elaina Rose, two economists from the University of Washington, explains that in experiments, economics students are less generous, more likely to choose an unco-operative approach and more likely to accept bribes.


Bauman and Rose, and also Bruno Frey and Stephan Meier, have shown that students of economics are less likely to contribute to university-nominated charities when invited to do so as they register for new courses each semester. This is disturbing, since the data comes not from the laboratory but from studying real decisions.

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