E.A.W. (Eric) Slob

Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM Doctoral Student
Field: Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Affiliated since 2016

PhD Project

Integrating genetics into economics

This PhD research proposal deals with the projects of my prospective PhD dissertation in genoe-conomics. Genoeconomics is concerned with uncovering the genetic architecture of traits form thedomain of economics or more broadly form the social sciences and with addressing the economic implications in case such an architecture is established. Genoeconomics is a rapidly evolving field, not atleast because of a vast increase in data availability. In addition to exploiting these new data sources, there is ample opportunity for improvements in methodology. The present proposal includes threemethodological studies as well as three empirical studies resulting from the methodological studies. The first two methodological studies are concerned with the use of genes as instrumental variables which may help inferring causal relationships. Several estimators are compared with respect to their statistical properties and practical relevance. The third methodological project extends an existing statistical method to estimate the correlation between traits on the genetic level. The empirical studies deal with the genetic architecture of entrepreneurship and educational attainment. Both entrepreneurship and educational attainment may be assumed to have a complex genetic architecture, and this property is exploited to estimate the causal impact of educational attainment on entrepreneurship using the results of projects 1 and 2 (project 4), and the returns to educational attainment using the methodology of project 3 (project 5). Finally, using the methodology of project 3, the relation between entrepreneurship and health is analyzed.

educational attainment; entrepreneurship; genetics; genoeconomics; genetic architecture; heritability
Time frame
2016 -


Visiting address

Office: Tinbergen Building H08-29
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Supervisory team

Eric Slob
Professor of Statistics
Eric Slob
Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship
Eric Slob
Daily supervisor