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Economists are more selfish

In the early 1980s, a famous piece of research by Gerald Marwell and Ruth Ames (summarised here) suggested that economics graduates were more inclined than others to ‘free-ride’ on public goods by taking the benefits of public goods but failing to contribute to them. Neil Gandal, an economics professor from Tel Aviv University, and his colleagues Sonia Roccas, Lilach Sagiv and Amy Wrzesniewski have gone a little deeper into this problem by examining the personal value priorities of economists.

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