On Friday 29 April 2022 Dr Hans van Kippersluis will publicly accept his appointment as Professor of Applied Economics at Erasmus School of Economics. Within the broad field of applied economics, Hans van Kippersluis’ research focuses on human capital and health behaviour. The title of his inaugural lecture is Rethinking Equality of Opportunity and Prevention.
In his inaugural lecture, Van Kippersluis will reflect on what recent advances in genetics, and in particular advances in the understanding of how nature and nurture shape human capital formation, mean for equality of opportunity. Equality of opportunity is a widely celebrated ideal, and everyone seems to agree that inequality of opportunity with respect to social background is unfair and inefficient. But how should we view inequality of opportunity induced by genetic disadvantages?
In the second part of the inaugural lecture, Van Kippersluis will focus on prevention. Health behaviour is a socially relevant and scientifically complex field of study. Unhealthy habits impose large costs on the individual and society. Why are intentions of healthy behaviour difficult to realise, and how can we design interventions that achieve sustained adoption of healthier habits? And how can we prevent that the world’s best specialists are only used to treat patients, but rather become active in prevention?
About Hans van Kippersluis
Hans van Kippersluis has made contributions not only to the field of health economics but also to the broader discipline of economics. This is evident from the fact that he is publishing in the top journals in the fields of health economics (e.g., two articles in Journal of Health Economics, three articles in Health Economics), labour economics (e.g., three articles in the Journal of Human Resources), econometrics (e.g., articles in Quantitative Economics and the Econometrics Journal), and general-interest journals (e.g., European Economic Review, the Economic Journal).
In 2013 Van Kippersluis received a VENI grant, in 2017 he received a grant of 525 thousand euros from the NORFACE research programme “Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course” (DIAL), and recently was awarded a 2.9 million euros Marie Curie Doctoral Network grant to set up the European Social Science Genetic Network (ESSGN). Van Kippersluis’ research project are studying Gene-Environment Interplay in the Generation of Health and Education Inequalities, and is executed in close collaboration with Niels Rietveld (Erasmus School of Economics), Stephanie von Hinke (Bristol University), Pietro Biroli (University of Bologna) and Titus Galama (University of Southern California).
Van Kippersluis is also Academic Lead of the Erasmus Initiative “Smarter Choices for Better Health”, an interdisciplinary initiative from Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management, and Erasmus MC. This initiative focuses on the equity and efficiency of health and health care, and a societal shift from care and cure towards prevention.