Benjamin Enke

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University

Faculty Research Fellow, NBER



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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, experimental work on bounded rationality and complexity. Second, experimental and survey-based research on 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.


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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[PDF] [online appendix]

Working Papers

Patience and Comparative Development

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

Revise and resubmit, Review of Economic Studies

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Associative Memory and Belief Formation

(with Frederik Schwerter and Florian Zimmermann)

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Cognitive Uncertainty

(with Thomas Graeber)

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[PDF] [VOX column]

Moral Universalism and the Structure of Ideology

(with Ricardo Rodriguez-Padilla and Florian Zimmermann)

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Moral Universalism: Measurement and Economic Relevance

(with Ricardo Rodriguez-Padilla and Florian Zimmermann)

Revise and resubmit, 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)

Revise and resubmit, Review of Economics and Statistics

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