Fellow Hans van Kippersluis Appointed Professor of Applied Economics
His research focuses on health behaviour and human capital. His current projects include investigating the interplay between genes and the environment in producing inequalities in education and health outcomes, developing and testing incentives to encourage healthy behavior, and investigating the impact of public policies on health, education and labor supply decisions.
Hans van Kippersluis has made significant contributions to the field of health economics as well as to the broader discipline of economics. His articles have been published in the top journals in the fields health economics (Journal of Health Economics; Health Economics), labour economics (Journal of Human Resources), econometrics (Quantitative Economics; Econometrics Journal), and other (Economic Journal).
In 2013 Hans van Kippersluis received a VENI grant, and in 2017 he received a grant of 525 000 euros from the NORFACE research programme “Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course” (DIAL). This budget has allowed him and the department of Applied Economics to attract two PhD candidates and one postdoctoral researcher. He is currently working on the research project on Gene-Environment Interplay in the Generation of Health and Educaiton Inequalities, conducted in close collaboration with Niels Rietveld (Erasmus Schoof of Economics), Stephanie von Hinke (Erasmus School of Economics), Pietro Biroli (Universität Zürich) and Tõnu Esko (University of Tartu). Their research focuses on combining methods from genetics and social science to investigate the interplay between genes and the environment in producing inequalities in education and health outcomes.
Van Kippersluis also acts as the coordinator of the ‘Prevention’ Action Line of the Erasmus Initiative “Smarter Choices for Better Health”, the project that aims to contribute to better health worldwide by promoting smarter choices. The objectives of the Prevention Action Line is to identify promising incentives to promote healthy behaviour, focusing on incentives that are sustainable and cost-effective; and to implement those incentives in a randomized field experiment.