A exploratory workshop was held to consider what could be gained by adding genetic analyses to attempts to understand economic behavior. Economists, psychologists and neuroscientists discussed economic phenotypes, how these phenotypes could be measured, the level of analysis needed to assess individual differences within them, and how phenotypes might be influenced by aging. The workshop, chaired by David Laibson, David Reiss and Erica Spotts, fostered the exchange of ideas through formal presentations, invited commentary and general discussion.
This meeting summary was prepared by Rose Li and Associates, Inc., under contract to the National Institute on Aging (263-MD-612361). The views expressed in this document reflect both individual and collective opinions of the workshop participants and not necessarily those of the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We thank the presenters and meeting organizers for their review of earlier versions of this workshop summary.