Benjamin Enke

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University

Faculty Research Fellow, NBER

My research is in behavioral and experimental economics. Methodologically, my work relies on a combination of experiments and surveys. In a first line of work, I focus on developing an improved understanding of reasoning and complexity. In a second set of papers, I attempt to understand the implications and origins of variation in morality and economic preferences.


Kinship, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Moral Systems

Forthcoming, Quarterly Journal of Economics

[pdf] [VOX column] [Winner of Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award]

Correlation Neglect in Belief Formation

Forthcoming, Review of Economic Studies

(with Florian Zimmermann)

[pdf] [experimental instructions]

Global Evidence on Economic Preferences

Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 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, October 2017, vol. 200(2), pp. 378-389.

(with Tilman Drerup and Hans-Martin von Gaudecker)

[pdf] [online appendix]

Working Papers

What You See Is All There Is

Revise and resubmit, Quarterly Journal of Economics


Patience and Comparative Development

Revise and resubmit, Review of Economic Studies

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


Moral Values and Voting


Ancient Origins of the Global Variation in Economic Preferences

(with Anke Becker and Armin Falk)