Philipp Koellinger

Philipp Koellinger is full professor in genoeconomics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Department of Complex Trait Genetics. Furthermore, he is also the co-director of the Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute for Behavior and Biology (EURIBEB).

Together with Daniel Benjamin and David Cesarini, Philipp Koellinger established the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC – in 2011 and serves as a principal investigator of the consortium.

Koellinger’s research investigates how genes influence economic behavior, and how insights into the genetic architecture of behavioral outcomes can inform social and medical research. He is one of the pioneers of the nascent research field of genoeconomics which seeks to integrate genetic data into economic research.

Originally trained as an economist, Koellinger received his PhD from Humboldt University in Berlin in 2006 and then moved to the Netherlands to join the School of Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2013, he was appointed as a full professor at the University of Amsterdam and subsequently joined the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2015.

Koellinger has (co)lead milestone research projects that were published in Nature, Science, Nature Genetics, PNAS, and other high-impact journals – most noticeably with large-scale genome-wide association studies on educational attainment and other social-scientific outcomes. The results of these projects have generated new insights into mental health and brain anatomy and laid the foundation for using genetic data in social-scientific research which aims to better understand environmental and policy effects. He received the ERC Consolidator grant in 2015.