Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36229
Authors: 
Bauman, Yoram
Rose, Elaina
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4625
Abstract: 
A substantial body of research suggests that economists are less generous than other professionals and that economics students are less generous than other students. We address this question using administrative data on donations to social programs by students at the University of Washington. Our data set allows us to track student donations and economics training over time in order to distinguish selection effects from indoctrination effects. We find that economics majors are less likely to donate than other students and that there is an indoctrination effect for non-majors but not for majors. Women majors and non-majors are less likely to contribute than comparable men.
Subjects: 
Altruism
public goods
JEL: 
A13
D64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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