The genetic and environmental foundations of political, psychological, social, and economic behaviors: A panel study of twins and families

Peter K. Hatemi, Kevin Smith, John R. Alford, Nicholas G. Martin, John R. Hibbing

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Abstract

Here we introduce the Genetic and Environmental Foundations of Political and Economic Behaviors: A Panel Study of Twins and Families (PIs Alford, Hatemi, Hibbing, Martin, and Smith). This study was designed to explore the genetic and environmental influences on social, economic, and political behaviors and attitudes. It involves identifying the psychological mechanisms that operate on these traits, the heritability of complex economic and political traits under varying conditions, and specific genetic correlates of attitudes and behaviors. In addition to describing the study, we conduct novel analyses on the data, estimating the heritability of two traits so far unexplored in the extant literature: Machiavellianism and Baron-Cohen's Empathizing Quotient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-255
Number of pages13
JournalTwin Research and Human Genetics
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 21 2015

Keywords

  • behavior genetics
  • economic behavior
  • personality
  • politics
  • rational choice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Genetics(clinical)

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