I am an assistant professor (research) of economics at the Center for Economics and Social Research (CESR) and in the Department of Economics at University of Southern California. At CESR, I am the director of the Behavioral and Health Genomics Center. I am also the chair of the Method Development Working Group and a member of the Steering Committee for the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium. My research fields include in social science genomics, statistical genetics, econometrics, economics of education, and labor economics.   

Patrick Turley, PhD

Assistant Professor (Research)
Center for Economic and Social Research
Department of Economics
University of Southern California

635 Downey Way

Los Angeles, CA 90089-3332






paturley AT broadinstitute.org 

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Field: Economics

Thesis: Essays in Economics and Education

Honors: Roger L. Martin Cornerstone Graduate Student Fellowship

                  (9/2015 – 5/2016) and National Science Foundation

                  Graduate Research Fellowship (9/2010 – 5/2013)




Bachelor's Degree


Field: Mathematics and Economics

Thesis:  Partially Adaptive Estimation of Truncated Regression      

                 Models: A Comparison with Several Semiparametric


Honors: Valedictorian and University Honors


“GWAS of risk tolerance and risky behaviors in over one million individuals identify hundreds of loci and reveal shared genetic

influences” [88th author out of 97] with Richard K Linner, Pietro Biroli, et al. Nature Genetics, 2019, 51(1), 245-257.

“Education can Reduce Health Differences Related to Genetic Risk of Obesity: Evidence from a British Reform” [joint authorship]

with Silvia H. Barcellos and Leandro Carvalho. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 2018, 115(42), E9765-E9772.

“Gene Discovery and Polygenic Prediction from a 1.1-million-person GWAS of Educational Attainment” [starred last author] with

James J. Lee, Robbee Wedow et al. Nature Genetics, 2018, 50, 1112-1121.

“Analysis of shared heritability in common disorders of the brain” [16th author of 150] with Verneri Anttila, Brendan Bulik-Sullivan, et

al. Science, 2018, 360(6395).

“Multi-trait analysis of genome-wide association summary statistics using MTAG” [first author] with Raymond Walters, Omeed

Maghzian, et al. Nature Genetics, 2018, 50(2), 229-237.

“Was that SMART: Institutional Financial Incentives and Field of Study” with Jeff Denning. Journal of Human Resources, 2017, 52(1),


“Genome-wide association study identifies 74 loci associated with educational attainment” [starred second author] with Aysu Okbay,

Jonathan Beauchamp, et al. Nature, 2016, 533, 539-542.

“Genetic variants associated with subjective well-being, depressive symptoms, and neuroticism identified through genome-wide

analyses” [fourth author] with Aysu Okbay, Bart M.L. Baselmans, et al. Nature Genetics, 2016, 48, 624-633.

Working Papers

Distributional Effects of Education on Health” [joint authorship] with Silvia H. Barcellos and Leandro Carvalho. NBER Working Paper

Series, No. 25898.

“Is Education the Great Equalizer” [joint authorship] with Silvia H. Barcellos and Leandro Carvalho. Working Paper.


Visiting Faculty

Genoeconomics, Department of Economics and Business Economics, University of Aarhus

06/2016, 06/2017, 06/2019

Visiting Faculty

Summer Institute in Social Science Genomics, Russell Sage Foundation


Teaching Fellow

Microeconomic Theory, Professor Edward Glaeser, Harvard University


MTAG - GitHub repository for the implementation of "MTAG: Multi-trait Analysis of GWAS" in Python.