Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/145307
Authors: 
Fischer, Mira
Kauder, Björn
Potrafke, Niklas
Ursprung, Heinrich W.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Ifo Working Paper 218
Abstract: 
Since opinion leaders are usually university graduates, the field of study has an influence on public support for economic policies and policy reforms intended to enhance efficiency because advocating such policies often requires appreciation of the beneficial roles of markets and economic freedom. We investigate whether the field of study influences German university students' political attitudes. We disentangle self-selection from learning effects and reveal systematic differences between incoming students' political attitudes across eight fields of study. In a second step we explore how the students' political attitudes change as they progress in their academic training. Only studying economics has an unambiguous pro-market influence on political attitudes: by the time of graduation, economics students are some 6.2 percentage points more likely than they were in their initial year of study to agree with free-market policy positions. Studying humanities and natural sciences has a pro-leftist influence.
Subjects: 
Indoctrination
nature versus nurture
political socialization
political attitudes
JEL: 
A13
A22
B40
D01
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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