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I am professor in social science genetics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Department of Economics.

My research investigates how genes influence economic behavior, and how insights into the genetic architecture of behavioral outcomes can inform social and medical research. Some of my work also explores how the brain mediates relationships between genes and human behavior. I am one of the principal investigators and co-founders of the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC), the BIG BEAR Consortium, and the Externalizing Consortium.

A selection of my papers is accessible online.


Recent talks

"Risky behaviors: New Insights from Statistically Well-Powered Genetic and Neuroscientific Studies", at University of Wisconsin, Madison, Mar 2019. http://videos.med.wisc.edu/videos/89886

Recent publications

"Genome-wide association studies, polygenic scores and social science genetics: overview and policy implications", EU Science Hub, https://europa.eu/!tr83PM.

"Mendelian randomization: The challenge of unobserved environmental confounds", P.D. Koellinger and R. de Vlaming, International Journal of Epidemiology 48(3), 665–671, 2019. https://academic.oup.com/ije/article-abstract/48/3/665/5526895 

"Genomic structural equation modelling provides insights into the multivariate genetic architecture
of complex traits", A.D. Grotzinger, M. Rhemtulla, R. de Vlaming, S.J. Ritchie, T.T. Mallard, W.D. Hill, H.F. Ip, A.M. McIntosh, I.J. Deary, P.D. Koellinger, K.P. Harden, M.G. Nivard, E.M. Tucker-Drob. Nature Human Behaviour 3, 513–525, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-019-0566-x. On BioRxiv.

"Genome-wide association analyses of risk tolerance and risky behaviors in over 1 million individuals identify hundreds of loci and shared genetic influences", R. Karlsson Linner, P. Biroli, E. Kong, S.F.W. Meddens, R. Wedow, ... D. Cesarini, D.J. Benjamin, P.D. Koellinger, J.P. Beauchamp. Nature Genetics 51, 245-257, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41588-018-0309-3. On BioRxiv.

"Are bigger brains smarter? Evidence from a large-scale pre-registered study", G. Nave, W.H. Jung, J. Kable, P.D. Koellinger. Psychological Science 30(1), 43-54, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797618808470. On SSRN.

Last update: Nov 8th, 2019