China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

4 - Self-Selection and Socialization? Risk Attitudes of Chinese College Students and CCP Membership

Thursday, March 22
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Roosevelt Room 1, Exhibit Level

How do risk attitudes, which have profound effect over individual behavior, play a role in citizen’s political decisions in an authoritarian context, such as acquiring membership of authoritarian ruling parties? How do disciplines and monitoring within Leninist parties shape party members’ risk attitudes? While the existing literature posits that authoritarian ruling parties are more attractive to risk-averse individuals because of the linkage between party membership and more stable career returns, and that party discipline of Leninist parties encourages submission and obedience, the role of risk attitudes in self-selection into and socialization within authoritarian parties lacks empirical evidence. Using a unique panel data of randomly sampled high school graduates from Ningxia (who are admitted to colleges across China) since 2016, this paper provides preliminary evidence over whether risk-averse individuals are self-selected into the Chinese Communist Party and whether socialization within the party affects individual risk attitudes.

Fengming Lu

Duke University, North Carolina

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