Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/127063
Authors: 
Ito, Takahiro
Kubota, Kohei
Ohtake, Fumio
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Discussion Paper, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University 954
Abstract: 
This paper examines the effects of school curricula on subsequent preference formation. The estimation results, using Japanese data, show that the actual curriculum at public elementary schools varies widely from area to area and is associated with preference formation. Specifically, pupils who have experienced participatory/cooperative learning practices are more likely to be altruistic, cooperative with others, reciprocal, and have national pride. In contrast, the influence of education emphasizing more on anti-competitive practices is negatively associated with these attributes. Such contrasts can also be seen for other preferences regarding government policies and a market economy. The findings imply that elementary school education, as a place for early socialization, plays an important role in the formation of life-long social preferences.
Subjects: 
cultural transmission
socialization
preference formation
hidden curriculum
elementary education
Japan
JEL: 
D83
I21
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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