Daniel BenjaminProfessor (Research) of Economics
Behavioral Economics, Subjective Well-Being, and Genoeconomics.
Behavioral economics is already transforming economics and influencing policy. Subjective well-being is being taken seriously by governments around the world.
I studied psychology before I studied economics, so behavioral economics was my natural home in economics from my early days as an undergraduate. I become interested in genoeconomics before I started graduate school (around the time the Human Genome Project was completed), when I realized that genomics would in the future have substantial interplay with the social sciences. I got drawn into the study of subjective well-being when I was a postdoc at Michigan: I had long arguments with a colleague, and we ended up deciding to do some empirical research to resolve our disagreements.
Dozens of genetic variants associated with educational attainment.
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Combining two of my interests: Can we find genes associated with subjective well-being?
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