Benjamin Enke

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University

Faculty Research Fellow, NBER

My research aims to shed light on the foundations of individual and collective decision making by integrating insights from psychology and anthropology into economics. Methodologically, all of my work relies on some combination of experiments and surveys. I work on reasoning, complexity, as well as the implications and origins of variation in morality and preferences.


Correlation Neglect in Belief Formation

Forthcoming, Review of Economic Studies

(with Florian Zimmermann)

[pdf] [experimental instructions]

Global Evidence on Economic Preferences

Forthcoming, Quarterly Journal of Economics

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

[pdf] [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


Kinship, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Moral Systems

Revise and resubmit, Quarterly Journal of Economics

[old version] [VOX column] [Winner of Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award]

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)