Jan-Emmanuel De Neve is Associate Professor of Economics and Strategy at Saïd Business School and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College at the University of Oxford.
Jan's research interests are in behavioural economics and political economy. His research has been published in academic outlets such as Nature, Science, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Psychological Science, and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The underlying theme throughout his research is the study of human wellbeing. This ongoing research agenda has led to new insights in the relationship between happiness and income, economic growth, and inequality. Significant new findings have also been published on the objective benefits of subjective wellbeing and in uncovering the genetic architecture of human wellbeing. Methodologically, Jan’s research is empirically applied and often employs experimental designs. Ongoing research includes field experiments in collaboration with national tax administrations that trial innovative procedures centered on transparency and participation with regards to public spending. These interventions aim to raise taxpayer satisfaction and also nudge taxpayers towards greater tax compliance. His research was selected among “The Management Ideas that Mattered Most in 2016” by Harvard Business Review.
Jan has joined John Helliwell, Richard Layard, and Jeffrey Sachs as co-editor of the next World Happiness Report. He is also Deputy Principal Investigator for the ESRC What Works Centre for Wellbeing and a Research Advisor to the Gallup Organization. He is a frequent advisor to governments and businesses including the start-ups Butterfly, Ublend, and The Behaviouralist.
Prior to joining Oxford, Jan was Assistant Professor in Political Economy and Behavioural Science at University College London and a Visiting Professor in Economics and Political Science at INSEAD. He is affiliated with the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE and with the Centre for Experimental Social Sciences at Nuffield College. Jan obtained his PhD from the LSE and was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University. His research and commentary regularly feature in the media, including in The Economist, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and on the BBC. He is a frequent speaker at academic and non-academic conferences including at PopTech and TED.
Research in progress:
Top incomes and human well-being around the world (with Richard Burkhauser and Nick Powdthavee).
Eliciting taxpayer preferences increases tax compliance (with Cait Lamberton and Michael Norton).
Behavioural insights and tax compliance: Evidence from a field experiment (with Clement Imbert, Maarten Luts, Johannes Spinnewijn, and Teodora Tsankova)
Happiness at work (with George Ward)
Employee happiness and performance: Experimental evidence from British Telecom (with Clement Bellet and George Ward)
Inequality, (un)happiness, and productivity (with Filip Gesiarz and Tali Sharot)
The asymmetric experience of positive and negative economic growth: global evidence using subjective well-being data (with Femke De Keulenaer, George Kavetsos, Michael Norton, Bert Van Landeghem, and George Ward). Forthcoming at The Review of Economics and Statistics.
Models of affective decision-making: how do feelings predict choice? (with Caroline Charpentier and Tali Sharot). Psychological Science. 2016, 27(6), pp. 763-75.
Genetic variants associated with subjective well-being, depressive symptoms and neuroticism identified through genome-wide analyses. (with Social Science Genetic Association Consortium). Nature Genetics. 2016, 48, pp. 624-633.
Genome-wide association study identies 74 loci associated with educational attainment. (with Social Science Genetic Association Consortium). Nature. 2016, 533, pp. 539-542.
Personality, childhood experience, and political ideology. Political Psychology, 2015, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 55-73.
Credit card borrowing and the monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) gene. (with James H. Fowler) Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2014, Vol. 107, pp.428-439.
Happiness as a driver of risk-avoiding behaviour: 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.
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 identies common genetic variants associated with educational attainment. (with Social Science Genetic Association Consortium)Science, 2013, Vol.340, Issue 6139, pp.1467-1471.
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 Mikhaylov, Christopher T. Dawes, Nicholas A. Christakis, and James H. Fowler) Leadership Quarterly, 2013, Vol. 24, Issue 1, pp.45-60.
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.
Genes, economics, and happiness (with Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler, and Bruno S. Frey) Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, 2012, Vol. 5, Issue 4, pp.193-211.
The median voter data set: Voter preferences across 50 democracies. Electoral Studies, 2011, Vol. 30, Issue 4, pp.865-871.
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, Vol. 56, Issue 6, pp.456-459.
U.S. consumer demand for prize-linked savings: New evidence on a new product (with Peter Tufano & Nick Maynard) Economics Letters, 2011, Vol. 111, Issue 2, pp.116-118.
The European Onion? How differentiated integration is reshaping the EU. Journal of European Integration, 2007, Vol.29, No.4, pp.503-521.
Jan teaches courses on political economy, business-government relations, market and non-market strategy. He previously taught at Harvard, INSEAD, and University College London and has been awarded multiple teaching prizes.
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
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