Center for the Study of Democracy Working Paper Series
We consider the relationship between SES equality and cooperation among high school students. We find that inequality decreases the acquisition of cooperation skills, a key ingredient to sustained democracy. Generalized trust and political equality counteract this effect independently. Further, trust and political equality moderate the influence of inequality, reaffirming the importance of education to democratic citizenship.
Sum, Paul E. and Bădescu, Gabriel, "Does inequality erode cooperation in the classroom? Evidence from PISA 2015" (2018). Political Science & Public Administration Faculty Publications. 2.