You’ve earned it: estimating the impact of human capital on social preferences

Jakiela, Pamela, Miguel, Edward and te Velde, Vera L. (2014) You’ve earned it: estimating the impact of human capital on social preferences. Experimental Economics, 18 3: 385-407. doi:10.1007/s10683-014-9409-9


Author Jakiela, Pamela
Miguel, Edward
te Velde, Vera L.
Title You’ve earned it: estimating the impact of human capital on social preferences
Journal name Experimental Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1386-4157
1573-6938
Publication date 2014-06-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10683-014-9409-9
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 385
End page 407
Total pages 23
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract We combine data from a randomized evaluation and a laboratory experiment to measure the causal impact of human capital on respect for earned property rights, a component of social preferences with important implications for economic growth and development. We find that higher academic achievement reduces the willingness of young Kenyan women to appropriate others’ labor income, and shifts players toward a 50–50 split norm in a modified dictator game. This study demonstrates that education may have long-run impacts on social preferences, norms and institutions beyond the human capital directly produced.
Keyword Social preferences
Education
Experiment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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