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Niels Rietveld


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Name: Dr. C.A. (Niels) Rietveld

 

Affiliations:

Department of Applied Economics (Assistant Professor)

Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute for Behavior and Biology (Executive Director)

Erasmus School of Economics

Erasmus University Rotterdam

 

Department of Epidemiology (Guest Researcher)
Erasmus Medical Center

Erasmus University Rotterdam

 

Tinbergen Institute (Research Fellow)

 

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (Full Member)

 

Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (Core Researcher)

 

Visiting address:         

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Office H12-12

3062 PA  Rotterdam

 

Postal address:           

P.O. Box 1738

3000 DR  Rotterdam

 

Telephone: +31 (0)10 408 14 01

Fax: +31 (0)10 408 91 41

E-mail: nrietveld[at]ese.eur.nl [please note the 'n' before 'rietveld']  

 

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Research profile

I am assistant professor at the department of Applied Economics, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam and executive director of the Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute for Behavior and Biology. I am teaching Small Business Economics (FEB13035) and the seminar Entrepreneurial Entry and Exit (FEM11055).

My research deals with the intersection of Economics and Biology. The biological perspective on economics was hinted at in the past by some founding fathers of modern economics. Adam Smith (1723-1790) attributed the division of labor among people to a supposedly innate human ‘propensity to truck, barter, and exchange’. Alfred Marshall (1842-1924) is known for his preference for biological analogies of economic phenomena: ‘All sciences of life are akin to one another, and are unlike physical sciences. And therefore in the later stages of economics, when we are approaching nearly to the conditions of life, biological analogies are to be preferred to the mechanical, other things being equal’.

There are two themes in my research. The first theme is the identification of biological predispositions to economic choices and outcomes. I am primarily analyzing genes, but I also worked with hormonal measures and physical properties such as height. The second theme is the investigation of economic predispositions to biological states and outcomes. In this research area I focus on entrepreneurship as labor market choice and its effects on health and (spiritual) well-being.

My research is interdisciplinary. It connects to genetic epidemiology, psychology, and humanities and therefore fits very well in the department of Applied Economics, Erasmus School of Economics. My research has been published in journals such as Economics and Human Biology, Journal of Business Venturing, Health Economics, Nature, Nature Genetics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Psychological Science, and Science. In 2015 I received a Veni grant from NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) for my geno-economics research, and in 2016 the yearly research award from Erasmus University Rotterdam for my research in general.


Educational Background 


Publications

Peer reviewed journals:

  1. Sniekers, S., Stringer, S., Watanabe, K., Jansen, P.R., Coleman, J., Krapohl, E., ... Posthuma, D. (2017). Meta-Analysis of 78,308 individuals identifies 15 novel loci and 40 novel genes for intelligence. Nature Genetics. Accepted.
  2. Van Kippersluis, H, & Rietveld, C.A. (2017). Pleiotropy-robust Mendelian Randomization. International Journal of Epidemiology. In press. Available online. Early version available here.
  3. De Vlaming, R., Okbay, A., Rietveld, C.A., Johannesson, M., Magnusson, P.K.E., Uitterlinden, A.G., ... Koellinger, P.D. (2017). Meta-GWAS Accuracy and Power (MetaGAP) calculator shows that hiding heritability is partially due to imperfect genetic correlations across studies. PLOS Genetics, 13, e1006495. Available online.
  4. Hessels, J., Rietveld, C.A., van der Zwan, P. (2017). Self-employment and work-related stress: The mediating role of job demand and job control. Journal of Business Venturing, 32, 178–196. Available online.
  5. Barban, N., Jansen, R., de Vlaming, R., Vaez, A., Mandemakers, J.J., Tropf, F.C., ... Mills, M.C. (2016). Genome-wide analysis identifies 12 loci influencing human reproductive behavior. Nature Genetics, 48, 1462–1472. Available online.
  6. Li, E., Rietveld, C.A., Van Stel, A. (2016). The returns to field of study in college: A comparison between entrepreneurs and wage-workers. International Review of Entrepreneurship, 14, 343-360. Available online.
  7. Okbay, A., Beauchamp, J.P., Fontana, M., Lee, J.J., Pers, T.H., Rietveld, C.A., ... Benjamin, D.J. (2016). Genome-wide association study identifies 74 loci associated with educational attainment. Nature, 533, 539-542. Available online.
  8. Okbay, A., Baselmans, B.M.L., De Neve, J.E., Turley, P., Nivard, M.G., Fontana, M.A., ... Cesarini, D. (2016). Genetic variants associated with subjective well-being, depressive symptoms and neuroticism identified through genome-wide analyses. Nature Genetics, 48, 624-633. Available online.
  9. Hoogendoorn, B., Rietveld, C.A., Van Stel, A. (2016). Belonging, believing, bonding, and behaving: The relationship between religion and business ownership at the country level. Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 26, 519-550. Available online.
  10. Rietveld, C.A., Böckerman, P., Viinikainen, J., Bryson, A., Raitakari, O., & Pehkonen, J. (2016). Creatine and entrepreneurship. Journal of Bioeconomics, 18, 53-64. Available online.
  11. Rietveld, C.A. & Webbink, D. (2016). On the genetic bias of the quarter of birth instrument. Economics and Human Biology, 21, 137-146. Available online.
  12. Rietveld, C.A., Bailey, H., Hessels, J., & Van der Zwan, P. (2016). Health and entrepreneurship in four Caribbean Basin countries. Economics and Human Biology, 21, 84-89. Available online.
  13. Joshi, P.K., Esko, T., Mattsson, H, Eklund, N., Gandin, I., ..., Wilson, J.F. (2015). Directional dominance on stature and cognition in diverse human populations. Nature, 523, 459-462. Available online.
  14. Power, R.A., Steinberg, S., Bjornsdottir, G., Rietveld, C.A., Abdelloui, A., ..., Stefansson, K. (2015). Polygenic risk scores for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder predict creativity. Nature Neuroscience, 18, 953–955. Available online.
  15. Peyrot, W., Lee, S.H., Milaneschi, Y., Abdellaoui, A., Byrne, E., Esko, T., ... Penninx, B.J.W.H. (2015). The association between lower educational attainment and depression due to shared genetic effects? Results in ~25,000 subjects. Molecular Psychiatry, 20, 735-743. Available online.
  16. Okbay, A. & Rietveld, C.A. (2015). On improving the credibility of candidate gene studies: A review of candidate gene studies published in Emotion. Emotion, 15, 531-537. Available online.
  17. Conley, D., Domingue, B.W., Cesarini, D., Dawes, C., Rietveld, C.A., & Boardman, J.D. (2015). Is the effect of parental education on offspring biased or moderated by genotype? Sociological Science, 2, 82-105. Available online.
  18. Rietveld, C.A., Hessels, J., & Van der Zwan, P. (2015). The stature of the self-employed and its realtion with earnings and satisfaction. Economics and Human Biology, 17, 59-74. Available online.
  19. Rietveld, C.A., Esko, T., Davies, G., Pers, T.H., Turley, P.A., Benyamin, B., ..., Koellinger, P.D. (2014). Common genetic variants associated with cognitive performance identified using proxy-phenotype method. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111, 13790–13794. Available online.
  20. Rietveld, C. A., Conley, D., Eriksson, N., Esko, T., Medland, S. E., Vinkhuyzen, A. A. E., … Social Science Genetic Association Consortium. (2014). Replicability and robustness of GWAS for behavioral traits. Psychological Science, 25, 1975-1986. Available online.
  21. Rietveld, C.A., Van Kippersluis, H., & Thurik, A.R. (2015). Self-employment and Health: Barriers or Benefits? Health Economics, 24, 1302-1313. Available online. Early version available here.
  22. De Zeeuw, E.L., Van Beijsterveldt, C.E.M., Glasner, T.J., Ehli, E.A., Davies, G.E., Hudziak, J.J., ... Boomsma, D.I. (2014). Polygenic scores associated with educational attainment in adults predict educational achievement and attention problems in children. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 165, 510-520. Available online.
  23. Ward, M.E., McMahon, G., St Pourcain, B., Evans, D.M., Rietveld, C.A., Benjamin, D.J., ... Timpson, N.J. (2014). Genetic variation associated with differential educational attainment in adults has anticipated associations with school performance in children. PLOS ONE, 9, e100248. Available online.
  24. Van der Gaast, J., Rietveld, C.A., Gabor, A., & Zhang, Y. (2014). A Tabu Search algorithm for application placement in computer clustering. Computers & Operations Research, 59, 38-46. Available online. Early version available here.
  25. Rietveld, C.A. & Van Burg, E. (2014). Religious beliefs and entrepreneurship among Dutch protestants. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 27, 279-295. Available online. Early version available here.
  26. Hessels, J., Rietveld, C.A., & Van der Zwan, P.W. (2014). Unraveling two myths about entrepreneurs. Economics Letters, 122, 435–438. Available online.
  27. Van der Loos, M.J.H.M., Haring, R., Rietveld, C.A., Baumeister, S.E., Groenen, P.J.F., Hofman, A., ... Thurik, A.R. (2013). Serum testosterone levels in males are not associated with entrepreneurial behavior in two independent observational studies. Physiology & Behavior, 119, 110–114. Available online.
  28. Rietveld, C.A., Medland, S.E., Derringer, J., Yang, J., Esko, T., Martin, N.W., ... Koellinger, P.D. (2013). GWAS of 126,559 individuals identifies genetic variants associated with educational attainment.  Science, 340, 1467-1471. Available online.
  29. Rietveld, C.A., Cesarini, D., Benjamin D.J., Koellinger, P.D., De Neve, J.E., Tiemeier H, ... Bartels, M. (2013). Molecular genetics and subjective well-being.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110, 9692-9697. Available online.
  30. Van der Loos, M.J.H.M., Rietveld, C.A., Eklund, N., Koellinger, P.D., Rivadeneira, F., Abecasis, G.R., ... Thurik, A.R. (2013). The molecular genetic architecture of self-employment. PLOS ONE, 8, e60542. Available online.
  31. Van der Loos, M.J.H.M., Koellinger, P.D., Groenen, P.J.F., Rietveld, C.A., Rivadeneira, F., van Rooij, ... Thurik, A.R. (2011). Candidate gene studies and the quest for the entrepreneurial gene. Small Business Economics, 37, 269-275. Available online.

Published abstracts:

  1. Bartels, M., Baselmans, B., Beauchamp, J., Benjamin, D., Cesarini, D., ... Turley, P. (2016). The first robust genetic associations with subjective well-being. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  2. Baselmans, B., Nivard, M., Turley, P., Okbay, A., Fontana, M., ... Bartels, M. (2016). Multivariate GWAS with life satisfaction and positive affect. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  3. De Vlaming, R. & Rietveld, C.A. (2016). High-order epistasis explains majority of still-missing heritability for human height and BMI. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  4. Karlsson Linner, R., Rietveld, C.A., Cesarini, D., Benjamin, D., Deary, I., Koellinger, P.D., & Marioni, R. (2016). Epigenetic profiling of educational attainment. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  5. Okbay, A., Baselmans, B., De Neve, J.E., Turley, P., Nivard, M., ... Cesarini, D. (2016). Novel genetic loci for neuroticism and depression identified using subjective well-being as a proxyphenotype. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  6. Okbay, A., Baselmans, B., De Neve, J.E., Turley, P., Nivard, M., ... Cesarini, D. (2016). Biological insights from a genome wide association study of subjective-wellbeing, depression, and neuroticism. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  7. Okbay, A., Baselmans, B., De Neve, J.E., Turley, P., Nivard, M., ... Cesarini, D. (2016). Large-scale GWAS meta-analyses identify novel genetic loci robustly associated with neuroticism and depression. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  8. Okbay, A., Esko, T., Fontana, M., Turley, P., Beauchamp, J.P., ... Cesarini, D. (2015). Biological insights from 73 genetic loci associated with educational attainment. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  9. De Vlaming, R., Okbay, A., Koellinger, P.D., Rietveld, C.A., Benjamin, D.J., ... Thurik, A.R. (2015). Testing the implicit GWAS assumption of similar SNP effects across cohorts using GREML. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  10. Beauchamp, J.P., Turley, P., Fontana, M., Okbay, A., Lee, J.J., ... Benjamin, D.J. (2015). Pleiotropy with educational attainment: results based on a GWAS with 300,000 Individuals. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  11. Bartels, M., Okbay, A., Derringer, J., Baselmans, B., De Neve, J.E., ... Koellinger, P.D. (2015). Genome-wide association meta-analyses for happiness, satisfaction with life and wellbeing; the sequel. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  12. Rietveld, C.A., Conley, C., Eriksson, N., Esko, T., Medland, S., ... Koellinger, P. (2014). Replicability and robustness of GWAS for behavioral traits. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  13. De Zeeuw, E., Van Beijsterveldt, C., Glasner, T., Bartels, M., Ehli, E., ... Boomsma, D. (2014). Polygenic scores associated with educational attainment in adults predict educational achievement and attention problems in children. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  14. Bartels, M., Okbay, A., Derringer, J., De Neve, J.E., C. Rietveld, Minica, C., ... Benjamin, D. (2013). Genome-wide association meta-analyses for positive affect. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  15. Koellinger, P.,  Van der Loos, M.J.H.M., Rietveld, C., Benjamin, D., Cesarini, D., Eklund, N., ... Gentrepreneur Consortium (2013). GWA studies on entrepreneurship: The trade-off between phenotype accuracy and sample size. Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  16. Rietveld, C., Koellinger, P., Benjamin, D., Cesarini, D., DaveySmith, G., Davies, G., ... Visscher, P. (2013). Are SNPs associated with educational attainment also associated with cognitive function? Behavior Genetics. Available online.
  17. Rietveld, N., Medland S., Derringer J., Benjamin, D., Cesarini, D., Koellinger, P., & The Social Science Genetics Association Consortium (2012). Meta-analysis of educational attainment GWAS: The Social Science Genetics Association Consortium. Behavior Genetics. Available online.

Published working papers:

  1. Bansal, V., Mitjans, M., Burik, C.A.P., Karlsson Linner, R., Okbay, A., Rietveld, C.A., ... Koellinger, P.D. (2017). Genetics of educational attainment aid in identifying biological subcategories of schizophrenia. BioRxiv, doi: 10.1101/114405. Available online.
  2. Karlsson Linnér, R., Marioni, R.E., Rietveld, C.A., Simpkin, A., Davies, N.M., Watanabe, K, ... Benjamin, D.J. (2017). An epigenome-wide association study of educational attainment (n = 10,767). BioRxiv, doi: 10.1101/114637. Available online.
  3. Van der Zwan, P., Hessels, J., & Rietveld, C.A. (2015). The Pleasures and pains of self-employment: A panel data analysis of satisfaction with life, work, and leisure. Tinbergen Discussion Paper, 15-099/VII. Available online.
  4. Rietveld, C.A., Groenen, P.J.F., Koellinger, P.D., Van der Loos, M.J.H.M., & Thurik, A.R. (2013). Living forever: entrepreneurial overconfidence at older ages. ERIM Report Series Research in Management, ERS-2013-012-STR. Available online.

Professional publications:

  1. Rietveld, C.A. (2016). Geno-economie. Economisch Statistische Berichten, 101, 180-183. Available online.
  2. Rietveld, C.A. & Van der Loos, M.J.H.M. (2012). The quest for the entrepreneurial gene: The importance of study design. Medium Econometrische Toepassingen, 19(1), 14-21. Available online.

Presentations


Research visits


Teaching

Teaching some lectures / Teaching assistance:

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Reviewing

American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, Economics and Human Biology, European Journal of Human Genetics, Genes, Brain and Behavior, Health Economics, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, International Review of Entrepreneurship, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Labour Economics, Nature Human Behaviour, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, Scientific Reports, Small Business Economics, Social Science Quartely. 


Awards

2017: Team member NORFACE DIAL Grant "Gene-Environment Interactions in the Development of Education and Health", €525.000.

2016: Young researcher award Erasmus Institute of Management.

2016: Research award Erasmus University Rotterdam.

2015: NWO Veni grant, €250.000.

2014: CHARGE Tiger Award “Early Career” (of the CHARGE consortium during the CHARGE meeting in Los Angeles).