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Julia M. Rohrer

Julia M. Rohrer


LIFE fellow since 2016, Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Berlin

I am a personality psychologist interested in analyzing large representative samples to discover how and why people differ from each other. I'm enthusiastic about crossing boundaries between academic disciplines, borrowing perspectives and methods from e.g. sociology and computer science, and my research is driven by the conviction that full transparency and critical self-evaluation lie at the heart of science.
Both my bachelor's and master's degree are from the University of Leipzig, where I collaborated with Stefan Schmukle. During my undergraduate years, I spent most of my time researching the effects of birth order on personality. My master's thesis, a collaboration with the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), was about the integration of automated text analysis into social science research. I spent the last months of my master's studies in 2016 visiting Michigan State University, where I investigated daily time use together with Rich Lucas. In my dissertation project (under the supervision of Jürgen Schupp and Gert Wagner), I plan to investigate how the effects of different life domains (such as health and income) on overall life satisfaction change across the life course.

Dissertation project:
Shifting priorities: The impact of life domains on life satisfaction across the age span

DIW Berlin
c/o Prof. G. Wagner
Mohrenstr. 58
10117 Berlin
julia [dot] rohrer [at] posteo [dot] de (Contact)

Selected Publications

Rohrer, J. M. (2018). Thinking clearly about correlations and causation: Graphical causal models for observational data. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1, 27–42. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515245917745629

Rohrer, J. M., Egloff, B., & Schmukle, S. C. (2018). Probing birth-order effects on narrow traits using specification curve analysis. Psychological Science, 28, 1821–1832. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797617723726

Rohrer, J. M., Egloff, B., & Schmukle, S. C. (2015). Examining the effects of birth order on personality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112, 14224–14229. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1506451112