Benjamin Enke

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University

Faculty Research Fellow, NBER


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Email: enke@fas.harvard.edu

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Curriculum Vitae

My research is in behavioral and experimental economics, cultural economics, and political economy. My work focuses on two lines of inquiry. First, I conduct experimental research to understand how the interplay of bounded rationality and complexity shapes economic decisions and beliefs. Second, I employ a combination of experimental and survey-based techniques to shed light on the economic and political relevance of heterogeneity in moral universalism (and cultural variation more generally).

I received my Ph.D. in 2016 from the University of Bonn and subsequently joined Harvard’s Economics Department. Since 2018, I also serve as Associate Editor at the Journal of the European Economic Association.

At Harvard, I teach a Ph.D. course on Experimental Economics and an undergraduate class on Economics and Morality; please see here for more information. Students can sign up for office hours here.


Publications

Moral Universalism and the Structure of Ideology

(with Ricardo Rodriguez-Padilla and Florian Zimmermann)

Forthcoming, Review of Economic Studies

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Moral Universalism: Measurement and Economic Relevance

(with Ricardo Rodriguez-Padilla and Florian Zimmermann)

Forthcoming, Management Science

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[PDF] [Qualtrics survey files to implement universalism games]

Cognitive Biases: Mistakes or Missing Stakes?

(with Uri Gneezy, Brian Hall, David Martin, Vadim Nelidov, Theo Offerman, and Jeroen van de Ven)

Forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics

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Patience and Comparative Development

(with Uwe Sunde, Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, and Gerrit Meyerheim)

Review of Economic Studies, 2022, vol. 89(10), pp. 2806–2840

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Confidence and Central Tendency in Perceptual Judgment

(with Yang Xiang, Thomas Graeber, and Samuel Gershman)

Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 2021, 83, pp. 3024-3034.

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Moral Values and Voting

Journal of Political Economy, 2020, vol. 128(10), pp. 3679-3729 (Lead Article).

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[PDF] [microeconomic insights column] [county-level moral values data] [data and code]

What You See Is All There Is

Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2020, vol. 135(3), pp. 1363-1398.

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[PDF] [Version 09/2017] [data and code]

Ancient Origins of the Global Variation in Economic Preferences

(with Anke Becker and Armin Falk)

AEA Papers & Proceedings, 2020, vol. 110, pp. 319-323.

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Kinship, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Moral Systems

Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2019, vol. 134(2), pp. 953-1019.

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[PDF] [VOX column] [Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award] [data and code]

Correlation Neglect in Belief Formation

(with Florian Zimmermann)

Review of Economic Studies, 2019, vol. 86(1), pp. 313-332.

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[PDF] [online appendix] [experimental instructions] [data and code]

Global Evidence on Economic Preferences

(with Armin Falk, Anke Becker, Thomas Dohmen, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde)

Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2018, vol. 133(4), pp. 1645-1692 (Lead Article).

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[PDF] [online appendix] [Global Preferences Survey website and data]

The Precision of Subjective Data and the Explanatory Power of Economic Models

(with Tilman Drerup and Hans-Martin von Gaudecker)

Journal of Econometrics, 2017, vol. 200(2), pp. 378-389.

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Working Papers

Moral Universalism: Global Evidence

(with Alexander Cappelen and Bertil Tungodden)

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Morals as Luxury Goods and Political Polarization

(with Mattias Polborn and Alex Wu)

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Associative Memory and Belief Formation

(with Frederik Schwerter and Florian Zimmermann)

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Cognitive Uncertainty

(with Thomas Graeber)

Revise and resubmit, Quarterly Journal of Economics

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[PDF] [VOX column] [Column for UNDP Human Development Report 2022]

Noisy Cognition and Intertemporal Choice

(with Thomas Graeber)

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Confidence, Self-Selection and Bias in the Aggregate

(with Thomas Graeber and Ryan Oprea)

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Herding, Warfare and a Culture of Honor: Global Evidence

(with Yiming Cao, Armin Falk, Paola Giuliano and Nathan Nunn)

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Moral Boundaries

In preparation for the Annual Review of Economics

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