Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Attitudes of Economics and Sociology Students towards Cooperation. A Cross-Cultural Study
Issue: Vol. 10, No 4, 2017
Published date: 12-2017 (print) / 12-2017 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Joanna Dzionek-Kozlowska
University of Lodz

Sharaf N. Rehman
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Keywords: economic education, gender socialization, culture and cooperation, Poland, Romania
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2017/10-4/10
Index PUBMS: f6ca8187-f8fa-11e7-94c4-fa163e5d4f72
Language: English
Pages: 124-136 (13)
JEL classification: A22, A23, Z13

The impact of university education on the learners’ attitudes remains uncertain. Nevertheless, the Economics students’ unwillingness to cooperate is frequently attributed to the content of economic courses, and the theories of profit maximization. This article contributes to the discussion on students’ attitudes towards cooperation based on the survey of 341 Polish and Romanian students. Since these countries differ in terms of collectivism/individualism dimension, we focus on tracing the influence of cultures on cooperativeness. Specifically, we investigate three variables. First, the impact of culture on the willingness to cooperate, secondly, the influence of gender on collaboration, and finally, the differences in attitudes among the students of Sociology and Economics. We find significant differences between Polish and Romanian students’ attitudes towards cooperation, we also observe higher level cooperation among females than males. We detect a drop in cooperation from the first year to the subsequent years of undergraduate studies in Economics.


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