FES | Federación Española de Sociología

XII Congreso de la FES

Economics as mind-framing: some evidences and problems resulting from a survey in Portugal

GT 31 Sociología Económica

João Carlos Graça (SOCIUS/ISEG/U. Lisboa)
João Carlos Lopes (UECE/ISEG/U.Lisboa)
Rita Gomes Correia (SOCIUS - ISEG, Universidade de Lisboa)


Sesión de comunicaciones orales Franja 3 : Banca, deuda y financiarización: políticas económicas y sociedad
Responsable(s): Manuel Ángel Santana Turégano (Universidad de La Laguna)
Tipo de sesión: Sesión de comunicaciones orales
Día: viernes, 1 de julio de 2016
Hora: 09:00 a 10:45
Lugar: S01

Studying economics has arguably some relevant effects on the molding of values, attitudes and behaviors characterizing modern democratic societies. As a matter of fact, mainstream economics teaching, based on the self-interest model typical of rational, maximizing, individualistic “representative agents”, may well induce relevant indoctrinating effects, creating or reinforcing both free-marketeering leanings and, more broadly and arguably even more importantly, dispositions for selfishness among economics students. Moreover, the specific mind-framing correspondent to economics teaching also tends to promote a variety of attitude vis-à-vis politics enhancing those students’ inclination to feel particularly gifted for political tasks and relevant positions, regardless of the presence of any authentic vocation to political life, or even genuine interest for public issues at large.

In this presentation a contribution is made for this group of discussions, based on the results of a survey performed in Portugal, referring generically to the social trust-building processes, encompassing a considerable diversity of samples (economics-and-business students, other students, common citizens) and being applied in three different years: 2006, 2009 and 2012.

The results obtained in the survey have largely confirmed the aforementioned hypotheses, evidencing discrepancies between economics students and other groups regarding political perceptions and actual vote, systems of beliefs concerning economic regulation, attitudes towards politics and free-riding proclivity. However, they have as well evidenced the need to carefully disentangle a number of different other elements potentially also conditioning values, attitudes and behaviors, namely the risk-loving inclination broadly associated with youth at large, as well as various different traits expressing the specific influence of factors such as levels of income and gender.

Palabras clave: Economics, free-marketeering, free-riding proclivity, appetite for politics, political values and behaviors