David Cesarini


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

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Work in Progress

Beauchamp JP, D Cesarini & M Johannesson. The Psychometric Properties of Measures of Economic Risk Preferences. Supplementary Information.

Cesarini D, E Lindqvist, R Östling & B Wallace. “Wealth, Health, and Child Development: Evidence from Administrative Data on Swedish Lottery Players.” IFN Working Paper No. 1060. Paper. Supplementary Information.

In Press

31. Chabris CF, JJ Lee, D Cesarini, DJ Benjamin & DI Laibson. (2014). “The Fourth Law of Behavior Genetics.” Current Directions in Psychological Science, in press. Paper.

Published Papers

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

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.


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.

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. Paper.

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. Paper.

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.

24. Sandewall Ö, D Cesarini & M Johannesson (2014). “Co-Twin Methodology and the Return to Schooling - Testing a Critical Assumption.” Labour Economics, 26: 110. 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.

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: 1368413689 Paper.

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

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. Paper.

18. Benjamin DJ, D Cesarini, CF Chabris, EL Glaeser, DI Laibson, V Guðnason, TB Harris, LJ Launer, S Purcell, AV Smith, M Johannesson, PKE Magnusson, JP Beauchamp, NA Christakis, CS Atwood, BM Hebert, J Freese, RM Hauser, TS Hauser, A Grankvist, CM Hultman & P Lichtenstein (2012). “The Promises and Pitfalls of Genoeconomics.” Annual Review of Economics, 4: 627662. Paper.

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.

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

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. Paper.

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. Paper.

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. Paper.

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. Paper.

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. Paper.

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. Paper.

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. Paper.

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

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. Paper.

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. Paper.

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. Paper.

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. Paper.

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. Paper.