Conference on Genetics and Social Science

December 8–9, 2016

This conference was an installment in the conference series of the Research Network on the Determinants of Life Course Capabilities and Outcomes, and was hosted at The USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. This conference discussed the role genetics in effecting long term life outcomes in a variety of areas including human capital formation, health, and behavior.

Organizers

Steven Durlauf, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Rodrigo Pinto, University of California, Los Angeles
Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota

Program

October 9 to 10, 2016

December 8


9:30–9:35AM

Opening Remarks
Steven Durlauf University of Wisconsin–Madison
Rodrigo Pinto University of California, Los Angeles
Aldo Rustichini University of Minnesota

9:45–10:45AM

Sociogenomic Analysis of Life-Couse Social Mobility in Two Large, Longitudinal Studies in the United States
Ben Domingue, Stanford University
Discussant: Meike Bartels

10:45–11:45AM

Multi-trait Bayesian Meta-analysis
Patrick Turley, Massachusetts General Hospital
Discussant: Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota

11:45–12:00PM

Open Group Discussion

1:00PM–2:00PM

A Genome-wide Association Study of Risk Tolerance
Jonathan Beauchamp, University of Toronto
Discussant: Chih Ming Tan, University of North Dakota

2:00–3:00PM

Gene-by-SES Interplay in Health Behavior: Theory and Empirics
Titus Galama, University of Southern California
Discussant: Stuart Ritchie, The University of Edinburgh

3:10–4:10PM

Genes, Smoking, and Health
Andrew Caplin, New York University
Discussant: Steven Durlauf, University of Wisconsin–Madison

4:10–5:10PM

Polygenic Risk Score Analysis of Educational Achievement
Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota
Discussant: Rodrigo Pinto, University of California, Los Angeles

5:10–5:30PM

Open Group Discussion

December 9


9:30–10:30AM

Neural Mechanisms of Reward Value, Emotion and Decision-making
Edmund Rolls, Oxford Centre for Computational Neuroscience
Discussant: Andrew Caplin, New York University

10:30–11:30PM

Genes, Education, and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study
Kevin Thom, New York University
Discussant: Maria Casanova, California State University, Fullerton

11:30–12:00PM

Open Group Discussion

1:00–2:00PM

Predicting Behavioral Traits from Genomic Data
David Cesarini, New York University
Discussant: Aysu Okbay, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

2:00–3:00PM

Evolution of Human mortality: the Role of Genes, Intrauterine Experiences and Early Growth
Alberto Palloni, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Discussant: Andros Kourtellos, University of Cyprus

3:00–4:00PM

A New Approach to Measuring the Roles of Nature and Nurture from Twins Data
Steven Durlauf, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Discussant: Rebecca Myerson, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

4:00–4:20PM

Group Discussion

4:20–4:30PM

Closing Remarks