Experimental game theory and behavior genetics

David Cesarini, Christopher Dawes, Magnus Johannesson, Paul Lichtenstein, Björn Wallace

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    Abstract

    We summarize the findings from a research program studying the heritability of behavior in a number of widely used economic games, including trust, dictator, and ultimatum games. Results from the standard behavior genetic variance decomposition suggest that strategies and fundamental economic preference parameters are moderately heritable, with estimates ranging from 18 to 42%. In addition, we also report new evidence on so-called "hyperfair" preferences in the ultimatum game. We discuss the implications of our findings with special reference to current efforts that seek to understand the molecular genetic architecture of complex social behaviors.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationValues, Empathy, and Fairness across Social Barriers
    Pages66-75
    Number of pages10
    Volume1167
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2009

    Publication series

    NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
    Volume1167
    ISSN (Print)00778923
    ISSN (Electronic)17496632

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    Keywords

    • Behavior genetics
    • Biomarkers
    • Experimental economics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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    Cesarini, D., Dawes, C., Johannesson, M., Lichtenstein, P., & Wallace, B. (2009). Experimental game theory and behavior genetics. In Values, Empathy, and Fairness across Social Barriers (Vol. 1167, pp. 66-75). (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Vol. 1167). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04505.x

    Experimental game theory and behavior genetics. / Cesarini, David; Dawes, Christopher; Johannesson, Magnus; Lichtenstein, Paul; Wallace, Björn.

    Values, Empathy, and Fairness across Social Barriers. Vol. 1167 2009. p. 66-75 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Vol. 1167).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Cesarini, D, Dawes, C, Johannesson, M, Lichtenstein, P & Wallace, B 2009, Experimental game theory and behavior genetics. in Values, Empathy, and Fairness across Social Barriers. vol. 1167, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 1167, pp. 66-75. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04505.x
    Cesarini D, Dawes C, Johannesson M, Lichtenstein P, Wallace B. Experimental game theory and behavior genetics. In Values, Empathy, and Fairness across Social Barriers. Vol. 1167. 2009. p. 66-75. (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04505.x
    Cesarini, David ; Dawes, Christopher ; Johannesson, Magnus ; Lichtenstein, Paul ; Wallace, Björn. / Experimental game theory and behavior genetics. Values, Empathy, and Fairness across Social Barriers. Vol. 1167 2009. pp. 66-75 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences).
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