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Economics education, childhood socialization, and the transmission of allocation preferences

Bernd Süssmuth, Bastian Gawellek and Fabian Koenings

International Review of Economics Education, 2021, vol. 38, issue C

Abstract: This study revisits the “nature-nurture” debate in the context of attitudes towards allocation mechanisms based on query-revealed preferences. It takes into account the educative socialization during childhood. As database serves a survey among students of a medium-sized multidisciplinary university in East Germany. It is rich in variation to parallelly draw inference from field of study, gender, and collectivist, i.e. East German, socialization background. We find that allocation preferences are both a matter of economics education at the tertiary level and educative socialization during childhood.

Keywords: Allocation; Attitudes; East–West gap; Economics education; Fairness; Preferences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A12 A13 A20 D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.iree.2021.100224

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