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Attitudes of Economics and Sociology Students towards Cooperation. A Cross-Cultural Study

Vol. 10, No 4, 2017

Joanna Dzionek-Kozlowska,

 

University of Lodz,

Lodz, Poland,

E-mail: joanna.dzionek@uni.lodz.pl

 

Attitudes of Economics and Sociology Students towards Cooperation. A Cross-Cultural Study

 

Sharaf N. Rehman,

 

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley,

Brownsville, TX, USA,

E-mail: sharaf.rehman@utrgv.edu


 

 

 

 


 

Abstract. 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. 

 

Received: July, 2017

1st Revision: September, 2017

Accepted: November, 2017

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2017/10-4/10

JEL ClassificationA22, A23, Z13

Keywords: economic education; gender socialization; culture and cooperation; Poland; Romania