Veni grants for Aysu Okbay and Geert Mesters

Aysu Okbay has been awarded the grant for her research entitled “Polygenic prediction and its application in social science” and Geert Mesters has been awarded the grant for his research entitled “Testing Networks”. The grant is €k 300 for three years of research.

07/17/2018 | 3:50 PM

Polygenic prediction and its application in social science
With increasing availability of genetic data, it is becoming feasible to investigate the genetics of behavioural traits, and construct genetic predictors with meaningful predictive power. By building a public repository of genetic predictors for major social-science data sets, this project aims to facilitate their use in social science.

Aysu Okbay is postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Economics and at Amsterdam Neuroscience – Complex Trait Genetics. She obtained her PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2017.

Testing Networks
Network structures have large implications for aggregate output in economics and financial stability in finance. A key difficulty is that these networks are typically not observed. In this research we develop methodology that facilitates testing different network structures that are estimated from large time series panels.

Geert Mesters is assistant professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He will conduct his Veni research at the Department of Econometrics and Operations Research of VU Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD at VU Amsterdam in 2015 (both at SBE and the Faculty of Law).

Jelle de Vries, currently employed at the Department of Information, Logistics and Innovation also obtained a Veni grant. He will be conducting his Veni research at Erasmus University Rotterdam.