Welcome to Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute for Behavior and Biology (EURIBEB)

EURIBEB investigates what makes people unique. We are an interdisciplinary research institute that links the social sciences with biology and health. Specifically, our research aims to integrate insights from biology (e.g. genetics, hormones, neurotransmitters, brain images), the social sciences (e.g. economics, psychology), and epidemiology (e.g. mental and cardio-vascular health) to address classic research questions in the “mother” disciplines, such as the causes of disease or the effects of public policy on school performance of children. The institute is a platform that inspires and nurtures collaborative research within this interdisciplinary context, bringing together leading scholars from the Netherlands and around the world.

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Summer school "Genome-wide Data Analysis" (Amsterdam, July 17-21, 2017)

 From 17-21 July, EURIBEB members Philipp Koellinger and Niels Rietveld will teach the summer school "Genome-wide Data Analysis" at the Tinbergen Institute, Amsterdam. Participants from different scientific disciplines will be introduced into the world of genome-wide data analysis through lectures and tutorials. For more information, folllow this link.

Summer school "Genome-wide Data Analysis" (Amsterdam, July 11-15, 2016)

 From 11-15 July, EURIBEB members Philipp Koellinger and Niels Rietveld taught the summer school "Genome-wide Data Analysis" at the Tinbergen Institute, Amsterdam. 26 highly motivated participants from different scientific disciplines were introduced into the world of genome-wide data analysis through lectures and tutorials. The summer school was a great success, and EURIBEB plans to teach it again in 2017!

Workshop about health of small business owners/entrepreneurs (Montpellier, September 29-30, 2016)

On September 29 and 30 EURIBEB succesfully co-organized a workshop in Montpellier (France) about the health of small business owners/entrepreneurs.

The sustainability of small businesses is closely linked to the personal situation of their owners including their physical and mental health. Surprisingly little is known about business owners’ health and its interplay with the performance of their businesses. On one hand, health researchers remain primarily devoted to paid workers. On the other hand, entrepreneurship scholars are likely to describe small business owners as Schumpeterian heroes, bypassing “trivial issues” like their physical or mental health.

There are two major questions. Is the health of the small business owner a determinant of the success, or of the failure, of its business? A poor health could indeed deter aspiring entrepreneurs to create a venture. Conversely, the good health of the owner could be an important resource for the smooth running of the firm. But systematic investigations are lacking to assess the contribution of a healthy/happy leader to the performance of its business. What are the health consequences for those that create a new venture or run a small firm? To work for one’s own account and risk may generate specific health risks or improvements. The mediating role of stress, satisfaction and emotions could also explain health variations of the small business owners. 

Current research areas:

Genoeconomics

Genetic epidemiology

Neuroeconomics

Psychological markers and economic behavior