(Why) do selfish people self-select in economics?

Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 1 (1):1 (2008)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Several game-theoretical lab experiments helped establish the belief that economists are more selfish than non-economists. Since differences in behaviour between experiment participants who are students of economics and those who are not may be observed among junior students as well, it is nowadays widely believed that the origin of the greater selfishness is not the training they undergo, but self-selection. In other words, selfish people voluntarily enrol in economics. Yet, I argue that such explanation is unsatisfactory for several reasons. I also suggest alternative explanations for the observed differences, which have been so far unduly disregarded.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,283

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Values, Meaning and Identity: The Case for Morality.Alexander Holtby Boston - 2002 - Dissertation, The University of British Columbia (Canada)
Fashioning a selfish self amid selfish goals.Roy F. Baumeister & Bo M. Winegard - 2014 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (2):136-137.
The selfish goal meets the selfish gene.Steven L. Neuberg & Mark Schaller - 2014 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (2):153-154.
Unselfishness.Christopher G. Framarin - 2008 - International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (1):69-83.
What do economists analyze and why: Values or facts?Partha Dasgupta - 2005 - Economics and Philosophy 21 (2):221-278.
Situational analysis beyond neoclassical economists.Lawrence A. Boland - 1998 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 28 (4):515-521.
When altruism lowers total welfare.Kenneth S. Corts - 2006 - Economics and Philosophy 22 (1):1-18.
Lakatosian Consolations for Economics.Alexander Rosenberg - 1986 - Economics and Philosophy 2 (1):127.


Added to PP

22 (#713,252)

6 months
2 (#1,206,195)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.Thomas S. Kuhn - 1962 - Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. Edited by Ian Hacking.
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.Thomas Samuel Kuhn - 1962 - Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Edited by Otto Neurath.
Two Dogmas of Empiricism.Willard V. O. Quine - 1951 - Philosophical Review 60 (1):20–43.

View all 14 references / Add more references