David Cesarini

Associate Professor, Department of Economics & Center for Experimental Social Science, New York University

Contact Information

  • E-mail: dac12 at nyu edu
  • Address: NYU Department of Economics, New York University, 19 W. 4th Street, room 511
  • Office Phone: 212.998.3773


Training Opportunity: Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics (June 11 - June 23, 2017)

Summary Statistics from Published SSGAC Studies

Python command line tool for Multi-Trait Analysis of GWAS (MTAG)

In Progress

Turley, P, RK Walters, O Maghzian, A Okbay, JJ Lee,..., D Cesarini, B Neale & DJ Benjamin"MTAG: Multi-Trait Analysis of GWAS"  BiorXiv Working Paper. 

Briggs J, D Cesarini, E Lindqvist & R Östling. "Windfall Gains and Stock Market Participation." NBER Working Paper No. 21673 Download Here. Revise and resubmit, Journal of Financial Economics.

Published Papers

47. Cesarini D, E Lindqvist, MJ Notowidigdo & R Östling (2017). "The Effect of Wealth on Individual and Household Labor Supply: Evidence from Swedish Lotteries." American Economic Review, in press.  Paper.

46. Benjamin, DJ, JO Berger,  M Johannesson, BA Nosek et al. (2017). "Redefine Statistical Significance." Nature Human Behavior, in press.  Paper.

45. Beauchamp JP, D Cesarini & M Johannesson. "The Psychometric Properties of Measures of Economic Risk Preferences."  Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 54: 203-237Paper 

44. Robinson, MR, G English, G Moser, ... , M Johannesson, J Yang, D Cesarini & PM Visscher (2017) "Genotype-covariate interaction effects and the heritability of adult body mass index." Nature Genetics 49: 1174-1181. Paper.

43. Sniekers, S, S Stringer, et al. (2017). "Genome-wide association meta-analysis of 78,308 individuals identifies new loci and genes influencing human intelligence."  Nature Genetics 49: 1107-1112. Paper 

42. Cesarini D & PM Visscher (2017).  "Genetics and educational attainmentnpj Science of Learning 2, article 4.  Paper.

41. Cesarini D (2016).  "Rare mutations and educational attainmentNature Neuroscience 19: 1538-1539 Paper.

40. Barban N, R Jansen, R de Vlaming, A Vaez, JJ Mandemakers, FC Tropf , ... , DJ Benjamin, D Cesarini, PD Koellinger, M den Hoed, H Snieder & MC Mills (2016). "Genome-wide analysis identifies 12 loci influencing human reproductive behaviorNature Genetics 48: 1462-1472.  PaperSuppl. InfoSuppl Tables.

39. Cesarini D, E Lindqvist, R Östling & B Wallace (2016). "Wealth, Health and Child Development: Evidence from Administrative Data on Swedish Lottery Players." Quarterly Journal of Economics, 131: 687-738.  PaperSuppl. Info.

38. Okbay A, ... , PM Visscher, T Esko, PD Koellinger, D Cesarini & DJ Benjamin (2016). "Genome-wide assocation study identifies 74 loci associated with educational attainment" Nature, 533: 539-542. Paper. Suppl Info. GWAS Summary Statistics.

37. Okbay A, ... , RF Krueger, JP Beauchamp, PD. Koellinger, DJ Benjamin, M Bartels & D Cesarini (2016). Genetic variants associated with subjective well-being, depressive symptoms, and neuroticism identified through genome-wide analyses.”  Nature Genetics, 48: 624-633. Paper. Suppl Info. Suppl Tables. GWAS Summary Statistics.

36. Weiss et al. (2016). Personality, Polygenes, Positive Affect and Life Satisfaction.”  Twin Research and Human Genetics, 19: 407-417. Paper. 

35. Bierut L & D Cesarini (2015) How Genetic and Other Biological Factors Interact with Smoking Decisions. Big Data3: 198–202, Paper.

34. Chabris CF, JJ Lee, D Cesarini, DJ Benjamin & DI Laibson. (2015). The Fourth Law of Behavior Genetics.” Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24: 304-312. Paper

33. Power RA, S Steinberg, G Bjornsdottir,..., D Cesarini ,..., K. Stefansson (2015) "Polygenic Risk Scores for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Predict Creativity."  Nature Neuroscience, 18: 953-955. Paper. Suppl Info. 

32. Oskarsson S, D Cesarini, C Dawes, M Johannesson, P Magnusson & J Teorell (2015). "Linking Genes and Political Orientations: Testing the Cognitive Ability as Mediator Hypothesis." Political Psychology, 36: 649-665.

31. Conley D, BD Dominque, D Cesarini, C Dawes, CA Rietveld & J Boardman (2015). "Is the Effect of Parental Education on Offspring Biased or Moderated by Genotype?"  Sociological Science, 18: 953-955. Paper.

30. Dumanski JP, …, D Cesarini,…, LA Forsberg (2014). Smoking is Associated with Mosaic Loss of Chromosome Y.” Science, 347: 81-83. PaperSupplementary Information. 

29. Rietveld CA, …, PM Visscher, DJ Benjamin, D Cesarini & PD Koellinger (2014). Replicability and Robustness of GWAS for Behavioral Traits.” Psychological Science, 25: 1975-1986. Paper. Suppl Info.

28. Rietveld CA, …, PM Visscher, DJ Benjamin, D Cesarini & PD Koellinger  (2014). “Common Genetic Variants Associated with Cognitive Performance Identified Using Proxy-Phenotype Method.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111: 13790-13794. GWAS Summary Statistics.

27. Dawes CT, D Cesarini, S Oskarsson, JH Fowler, M Johannesson & PKE Magnusson (2014). The Relationship between Genes, Psychological Traits, and Political Participation.” American Journal of Political Science, 58: 888-903.

26. Ward M, G McMahon, B St Pourcain, D Evans, C Rietveld, DJ Benjamin, PD Koellinger, D Cesarini, G Davey Smith & NJ Timpson (2014).“Genetic Variation Associated with Differential Educational Attainment in Adults has Anticipated Associations with School Performance in Children.” PLoS One, 9: e100248.

25. Stephens SH, ... ,D Cesarini,...,VL Stevens, RB Weiss, P Kraft, LJ Bierut & MA Ehringer (2013). Distinct Loci in the CHRNA5/CHRNA3/CHRNB4 Gene Cluster Are Associated With Onset of Regular Smoking.” Genetic Epidemiology, 37: 846–859. Paper.  Suppl Info

24. Sandewall Ö, D Cesarini & M Johannesson (2014). Co-Twin Methodology and the Return to Schooling - Testing a Critical Assumption.” Labour Economics, 26: 1-10. Paper.

23. Cesarini D, M Johannesson & S Oskarsson (2014).
Pre-Birth Factors, Post-Birth Factors and Voting: Evidence from Swedish Adoption Data.” American Political Science Review, 108: 7187. Paper.

22. Rietveld CA, S Medland, J Derringer, Authors from the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium, PM Visscher, DJ Benjamin, D Cesarini & PD Koellinger (2013). GWAS of 126,559 Individuals Identifies Genetic Variants Associated with Educational Attainment.” Science, 340: 1467–1471. Paper. Suppl InfoGWAS Summary Statistics.

21. Rietveld CA, D Cesarini, DJ Benjamin, PD Koellinger, J-E De Neve, H Tiemeier, M Johannesson, PKE Magnusson, NL Pedersen, RF Krueger & M Bartels (2013). Molecular Genetics and Subjective Well-Being.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110: 13684–13689.

20. van der Loos MJHM, CA Rietveld,…,D Cesarini,…, AR Thurik (2013). “The Molecular Genetic Architecture of Self-Employment.” PLoS One, 8: e60542.

19. Benjamin DJ, D Cesarini, MJHM van der Loos, CT Dawes, PD Koellinger, PKE Magnusson, CF Chabris, D Conley, DI Laibson, M Johannesson & PM Visscher (2012). Genetic Architecture of Economic and Political Preferences.”  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 21: 8026–8031.

18. Benjamin DJ, D Cesarini, CF Chabris, EL Glaeser, DI Laibson, et al. (2012). The Promises and Pitfalls of Genoeconomics.” Annual Review of Economics, 4: 627–662.

17. Chabris CF, BM Hebert, DJ Benjamin, JP Beauchamp, D Cesarini, MJHM van der Loos, M Johannesson, PKE Magnusson, P Lichtenstein, CS Atwood, J Freese, TS Hauser, RM Hauser, NA Christakis & DI Laibson (2012). Most Reported Genetic Associations with General Intelligence Are Probably False Positives. Psychological Science, 23: 1314–1323.  Paper. Supplementary Information. 

16. Cesarini D., M Johannesson, PKE Magnusson & B Wallace (2012). The Behavioral Genetics of Behavioral Anomalies. Management Science, 58: 21–34.

15. Beauchamp JP, D Cesarini, M Johannesson, MJHM van der Loos, PD Koellinger, PJF Groenen, JH Fowler, NA Rosenquist, R Thurik & NA Christakis (2011). Molecular Genetics and Economics.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 25: 57–82.

14. Beauchamp JP, D Cesarini, M Johannesson, E Lindqvist & C Apicella (2010). On the Sources of the Height-Intelligence Correlation: New Insights from a Bivariate ACE Model with Assortative Mating. Behavior Genetics, 41: 242–252.

13. Cesarini D, M Johannesson, P Lichtenstein, O Sandewall & B Wallace (2010). Genetic Variation in Financial Decision-Making.” Journal of Finance, 65: 1725–1754. Paper.

12. Cesarini D., E Lindqvist & B Wallace (2010). Reply to Helle et al.Proceedings of Royal Society B, 277: 2913–2914.

11. Apicella CL, D Cesarini, M Johannesson, CT Dawes, P Lichtenstein, B Wallace, JP Beauchamp & L Westberg (2010). No Association between Oxytocin Receptor (OXTR) Gene Polymorphisms Experimentally Elicited Social Preferences.” PLoS One, 5: e11153.

10. Burnham TC, D Cesarini, M Johannesson, P Lichtenstein & B Wallace (2009). Higher Cognitive Ability is Associated with Lower Entries in a p-beauty Contest.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 72: 171–175.

9. Cesarini D, E Lindqvist & B Wallace (2009). Is There an Adverse Effect of Sons on Maternal Longevity.” Proceedings of Royal Society B, 276: 2081–2084.

8. Cesarini D, CT Dawes, M Johannesson, P Lichtenstein & B Wallace (2009). Genetic Variation in Preferences for Giving and Risk-Taking.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 124: 809–842. Paper

7. Cesarini D, CT Dawes, M Johannesson, P Lichtenstein & B Wallace (2009). Experimental Game Theory and Behavior Genetics.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1167: 667–675.

6. Cesarini D, M Johannesson, P Lichtenstein & B Wallace (2009). Heritability of Overconfidence.” Journal of the European Economic Association P&P, 7: 617–627.

5. Cesarini D, CT Dawes, JH Fowler, M Johannesson, P Lichtenstein & B Wallace (2008). Heritability of Cooperative Behavior in the Trust Game.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105: 3271–3276.

4. Lindqvist E, D Cesarini & B Wallace (2008). Does Parental Age Differences Affect Offspring Count in Humans? Comment on Fieder and Huber.” Biology Letters, 4: 78–79.

3. Wallace B, D Cesarini, P Lichtenstein & M Johannesson (2007). Heritability of Ultimatum Game Responder Behavior.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104: 15631–15634.

2. Cesarini D, E Lindqvist & B Wallace (2007). Maternal Longevity and the Sex of Offspring in Pre-Industrial Sweden.” Annals of Human Biology, 34: 3535–3546.

1. Cesarini D, M Johannesson & Ö Sandewall (2006). Confidence Interval Estimation Tasks and the Economics of Overconfidence.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 61: 453–470.