Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Behavioral Science, University College London, 2011-present
Visiting Professor of Economics and Political Science, INSEAD
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Performance (LSE), 2011-present


Ph.D. London School of Economics, 2012
M.P.P. Harvard University, 2007
B.Com. Melbourne University, 2002

Public Policy Economics and Analysis
Comparative Political Economy


"Credit Card Borrowing and the Monoamine Oxidase A (MAOA) Gene" (with James Fowler)

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. forthcoming.

Discussed in Newsweek, Scientific American, WSJ SmartMoney, The Independent, etc.


"Happiness as a Driver of Risk-Avoiding Behavior: Theory and an Empirical Study of Seatbelt Wearing and Automobile Accidents" (with Robert Goudie, Sach Mukherjee, Andrew J. Oswald, and Stephen Wu)

Economica. 2014, Vol. 81, Issue 324, pp. 674-697.


"Replicability and robustness of GWAS for behavioral traits" (with Social Science Genetics Association Consortium)

Psychological Science. forthcoming.


"Personality, Childhood Experience, and Political Ideology"

Political Psychology. forthcoming.


"Ideological Change and the Economics of Voting Behavior in the US, 1920-2008"

Electoral Studies. 2014, Vol. 34, June, pp. 27-38.


"GWAS of 126,559 individuals identifies genetic variants associated with educational attainment" (with Social Science Genetics Association Consortium)

Science. 2013, Vol.340, Issue 6139, pp. 1467-1471.

Discussed in Science Perspective, Science Daily, Chronicle, MIT Tech Review, Health, etc.


"Molecular Genetics and Subjective Well-Being" (with Meike Bartels, Dan Benjamin, David Cesarini, Magnus Johannesson, Phil Koellinger, Bob Krueger, Patrik Magnusson, Nancy Pedersen, Niels Rietveld, and Henning Tiemeier)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 2013, Vol.110, No.24, pp. 9692-9697.


"Born to Lead? A Twin Design and Genetic Association Study of Leadership Role Occupancy" (with Slava MikhaylovChristopher Dawes, Nicholas Christakis, and James Fowler)

Leadership Quarterly. 2013, Vol.24, No.1, pp. 45-60.

Discussed in BBC Newshour, The Independent, Science Daily, etc.


"Estimating the Influence of Life Satisfaction and Positive Affect on Later Income Using Sibling Fixed-Effects" (with Andrew J. Oswald)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 2012, Vol.109, No.49, pp. 19953-19958.

Discussed in BBC Breakfast news show, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Science Daily, etc.


"Genes, Economics, and Happiness" (with Nicholas Christakis, James Fowler, and Bruno S. Frey)

Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics. 2012, Vol.5, No.4, pp. 193-211.

Discussed in TEDx, The Economist, Psychology Today, etc. 


"The Median Voter Data Set: Voter Preferences across 50 Democracies"

Electoral Studies. 2011, Vol. 30, Issue 4, 865-871. data


"Functional Polymorphism (5-HTTLPR) in the Serotonin Transporter Gene is Associated with Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from a U.S. Nationally Representative Sample"

Journal of Human Genetics. 2011, 56, 456-459.  

Discussed in TEDx, BBC London, BBC World, The Economist, The Guardian,  Le Monde, New Scientist, etc.


"U.S. Consumer Demand for Prize-Linked Savings: New Evidence on a New Product" (with Peter Tufano and Nick Maynard)

Economics Letters. 2011, Vol. 111, Issue 2, 116-118.

Discussed in Freakonomics blog


Papers under review:


"Eliciting Taxpayer Preferences Increases Tax Compliance" (with Cait Lamberton and Michael Norton)

LSE Centre for Economic Performance DP1207.

Discussed in The Economist, Vox, PopTech, The Times, De Tijd


"Individual Experience of Positive and Negative Growth is Asymmetric: Global Evidence Using Subjective Well-being Data" (with Femke De Keulenaer, George Kavetsos, Michael Norton, Bert Van Landeghem, and George Ward)

LSE Centre for Economic Performance DP1304.

Discussed in Financial Times, Vox


"Endogenous Preferences: The Political Consequences of Economic Institutions"

Awarded the Wicksell Prize at the European Public Choice Society annual meeting


Work in Progress:.


"Income inequality and happiness in the US: facts, beliefs, and preferences" (with Michael Norton)


"Genome-wide association meta-analyses for happiness, satisfaction with life and overall well-being" (with Social Science Genetics Association Consortium)


"Models of affective decision-making: can feelings predict choice?" (with Caroline Charpentier and Tali Sharot)


"Power to the people? Results from a participatory budgeting experiment in Antwerp" (with Wouter Van Dooren and Sabine Rys)




"The objective benefits of subjective well-being" (with Ed Diener, Louis Tay, and Cody Xuereb)

World Happiness Report. 2013. Edited by J. Helliwell, R. Layard, & J. Sachs.


"Should you manage your expectations?" (with Tali Sharot)

Psychology Today. July 29, 2012.


"The World Food Programme during the Global Food Crisis" (with Anette Mikes, Peter Tufano, and Eric Werker)

Harvard Business School Case 709-024.