Year of Graduation
Interrelation of Economic Education and Human Behavior
This research is devoted to analyses of students of economic and non-economic courses considering what decisions they make in certain situations. We has the hypothesis that economic rationality does not always negatively affect the public good, even if the decision was made on the basis of selfish motives. To study these differences, we created our own experiment, in which 130 students of our university from different faculties and courses participated. The experiment was a game with a public good at the first stage and an ultimatum game in the second, after which the judge's decision took place, and if he interfered, the public paid a certain price for it. Based on the results of the experiment, it was concluded that economists invested in the public good more seldom and with lesser amounts of money than non-economists, while at the stage of investment formation economists made decisions faster. From the point of view of the "honesty" of the distributions conducted, no significant differences were found. The same result was obtained in the case of decisions of the judges. The experiment allowed to confirm the hypothesis and to discover and analyze some unexpected and interesting observations.