Daniel Benjamin

Daniel Benjamin is a behavioral economist. His recent experimental research has quantified the role of politicians’ charisma in winning elections; has shown that individuals with greater cognitive ability are more willing to delay gratification and take risks; and has identified how norms associated with Asian ethnic and black racial identity affect delay of gratification and risk taking. He has also done theoretical work that demonstrates how a concern for fairness can often generate efficient economic exchange even in situations where purely self-interested individuals would not trade.  Daniel received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, before coming to Cornell.



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