Sociopolitical values, attitudes and behaviors of Portuguese economics students

  • João Carlos Graça Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG), Centro de Investigação em Ciências Sociais e Gestão (Socius/CSG), Lisboa, Portugal
  • Jorge Caiado Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG), Centro de Matemática Aplicada à Previsão e Decisão Económica (Cemapre), Lisboa, Portugal
  • Rita Gomes Correia Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG), Centro de Investigação em Ciências Sociais e Gestão (Socius/CSG), Lisboa, Portugal
Keywords: economics students, left-right perceptions, interest for politics, varieties of free-riding inclinations

Abstract

Previous research on the Portuguese case confirmed free-riding, free-marketer and right-wing political inclinations among economics students. Further scrutiny was endeavored here, perceiving also a considerably increased interest for politics, notwithstanding the lack of concern for public problems. Various aspects of free-riding proclivity were distinguished and discussed, relating them with youngsters’ risk-loving and sensation-seeking tendencies, but also with a number of other facets specific to economics students, including: prevalence of achievement values, contextual influences on morals, peer pressure, perceived group status and social expectations regarding the economic profession.

Published
2019-10-16
Section
Artigos