Welcome to the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC).

The SSGAC is a cooperative enterprise among medical researchers and social scientists that coordinates genetic association studies for social science outcomes and provides a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-fertilization of ideas. The SSGAC also tries to promote the collection of harmonized and well-measured phenotypes.

Current Initiatives

The SSGAC is currently conducting large-scale   GWAS meta-analyses of the following outcomes:

  • Educational attainment (4th phase).

  • Risk Tolerance

  • Fertility


Please contact us if you are interested in joining these initiatives.

SSGAC in the News

"Many Genes Play a Role in Educational Attainment, Enormous Genetic Study Finds"

The New York Times. July 23, 2018


"Why Study the Genetics of Staying in School?"  

The Atlantic. July 23, 2018.




To locate and download summary data from past studies of the SSGAC, click the link below. 

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For financial support, the SSGAC thanks the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging, and the Office for Behavioral and Social Science Research), the Open Philanthropy Project, the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation, the European Research Council, and the Pershing Square Fund of the Foundations of Human Behavior.

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