Benjamin Enke

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University

Faculty Research Fellow, NBER

My research is in behavioral and experimental economics, with frequent applications in political and cultural economics. Methodologically, my work relies on a combination of experiments and surveys. In substantive terms, my work focuses on (i) the micro-foundations of bounded rationality in belief formation and choice and (ii) hetero-geneity in moral universalism (and cultural variation more generally).


Kinship, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Moral Systems

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

[pdf] [VOX column] [Winner of Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award] [data and code]

Correlation Neglect in Belief Formation

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

(with Florian Zimmermann)

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

Global Evidence on Economic Preferences

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

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

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

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

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

(with Tilman Drerup and Hans-Martin von Gaudecker)

[pdf] [online appendix]

Working Papers

Moral Values and Voting

Revise and resubmit, Journal of Political Economy


What You See Is All There Is

Revise and resubmit, Quarterly Journal of Economics

[pdf] [Version 09/2017]

Patience and Comparative Development

Revise and resubmit, Review of Economic Studies

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


Associative Memory and Belief Formation

(with Frederik Schwerter and Florian Zimmermann)


Internal Uncertainty in Belief Formation and Choice under Risk

(with Thomas Graeber)

[coming soon]

Moral Universalism and the Structure of Ideology

(with Ricardo Rodriguez-Padilla and Florian Zimmermann)

[coming soon]

Moral Universalism: Measurement and Heterogeneity

(with Ricardo Rodriguez-Padilla and Florian Zimmermann)