Current Teaching

From July 11-15, 2016, members of EURIBEB will host an exciting interdisciplinary summer school in the new field of genoeconomics entitled: ‘Introduction in Genome-wide data analysis’. The course will take place at the Tinbergen Institutie in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The summer school provides students with a structured overview of key concepts and an introduction to state-of-the-art methods in genome-wide data analysis. The course will discusses typical pitfalls in genetic association studies and outline possibilities for applying genetic insights to research questions in the social and medical sciences. It will emphasize methodological issues such as study design, multiple testing, power analyses, calculation of effect sizes, accuracy of polygenic scores, and identification strategies to isolate causal effects. 

Lectures will be given by Prof. Dr. Philipp Koellinger, and tutorials by Dr. Niels Rietveld. Koellinger holds the chair in genoeconomics at the Department of Complex Trait Genetics at the VU University Amsterdam. He is one of the co-founders and principal investigators of the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC) and co-director of the Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute for Behavior and Biology (EURIBEB).

Rietveld is assistant professor in economics at the Erasmus School of Economics and one of the key researchers of the SSGAC. Koellinger and Rietveld have published several articles together in journals such as Science, PNAS, and Psychological Science, applying genome-wide data analysis to study social-scientific and medical outcomes. Koellinger recently received an ERC Consolidator grant, and Rietveld is a recent recipient of an NWO Veni grant.

More information about the contents of the course, course fee, registration procedure, and admission requirements can be found on the website of the Tinbergen Institute.

Previous Teaching

In April 2015, an interdisciplinary course in “genoeconomics” has been taught by members of EURIBEB (the Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute for Behavior and Biology) at the Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.