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The Marwell and Ames results and interpretation of those results may
have been influenced by two factors:
(1) there may have been selection bias - more self-interested students may have opted to major in
economics, and (2) the authors did not control for other factors that may influence the tendency to free ride, such as the gender, age, and ethnic composition of the subject groups.
We attempted to eliminate some of these biases by comparing the inclination to free ride amongst a set of ethnically homogeneous, predominantly undergraduate students while also controlling for gender. The outcome of testing 139 students in six separate experiments indicates that aspiring economists do not initially seem to be significantly
more self-interested or economically rational than (to name one case)
their counterparts in a sociology class.' Yet, as the number of economics courses completed by economics/business majors rises, the more self interested the behavior of these students appears to be. This finding is
consistent with Marwell and Ames's basic premise that economics training shapes the person.
We are approaching some kind of "end" whether this be financial collapse/new world order/environmental cataclysm/"end of times"
agree with you 110%.
originally posted by: SystemResistor if only there were more positively minded individuals in this world, how much of a better place it can be?
After all, even "the powers that be" are just humans themselves...