Dr. R.C.J. Zwinkels

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school of business & economics ( finance )
Associate Professor


Remco is Associate professor of Finance at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Before starting at the VU, he was assistant professor in international finance as well as the head of the finance group at the Erasmus School of Economics. He holds a MSc in monetary economics from the Erasmus University, an MPhil in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute, and a PhD in Economics from the Radboud University Nijmegen. Remco worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Technnology in Sydney and the Auckland University of Technology. His main research interest lies in the field of behavioral finance, and expectation formation in particular.  Remco is a certified teacher and has taught a large number of courses, ranging from international economics, monetary economics, to empirical finance.

Research in Behavioral Finance Conference. I am co-organizing the Research in Behavioral Finance Conference, a bi-annual conference on behavioral finance.



Book contributions
  • (2007) Exchange Rate Dynamics: Fundamentals and Realignments, in: K. Kuttner (ed). Money and Finance, Lisbon: Escolar Editora.
  • (2015) Keeping Up Appearances: The Fair Value Settlement of Stock Options (with Oege Pennin and Martijn van den Assem), Applied Finance Letters 4(1-2): 20-27.
  • (2012) The Effect of the Use of Credit Derivatives on Financial Sector Stability (with Richard Ofwegen and Willem Verschoor), Applied Finance Letters 1(1): 22-29.
  • (2011) Credit Derivatives: Weapons of mass destruction? FSR Forum 13(2): 39.
  • (2010) De Invloed van Kredietderivaten op Financiële Stabiliteit, (with R. Ofwegen and W.F.C. Verschoor), Economisch Statistische Berichten 4596: 650 – 652.
  • (2010) Behavioural Heterogeneity and Shift-Contagion: Evidence from the Asian Crisis, FSA Fiducie 17(4): 26-31.
  • (2009) De crisis in historisch perspectief (with B. Frijns and W.F.C. Verschoor), Economische Statistische Berichten 4560: 298-300.
  • (2009) Een nieuwe prijsvorming op financiële markten (with W.F.C. Verschoor), Economische Statistische Berichten 4551: 26-28.
  • (2008) Het Kapitalisme is niet dood, Het Financieele Dagblad 27 November.
  • (2007) Van Financiële en Institutionele Ontwikkeling naar Economische Groei (with Geert Westerlaken), Economisch Statistische Berichten 4514: 424-426.
Under review      Work in progress      Presentations at International Conferences
  • Auckland Finance Meeting (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  • Financial Management Association (2010, 2013)
  • Interacting Agents Nonlinear Dynamics in Macroeconomics (2010)
  • Eastern Finance Association (2010, 2012, 2013)
  • Interacting Agents and Nonlinear Dynamics in Macroeconomics (2010)
  • Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014)
  • National University of Singapore Annual Risk Management Conference (2008)
  • Australasian Finance and Banking Conference (2005, 2006, 2007, 2011,2012,2016)
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance (2006, 2007)
  • Workshop on Economic Heterogeneous Interacting Agents (2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  • Academy of International Business (2007)
  • European Finance Association (2004, 2006)
  • Midwest Finance Association (2005)
Awards and Grants
  • (2010, 2012) Nominated for Teacher of the Year Erasmus School of Economics
  • (2009) International Business Review best paper award 2008
  • (2008) Research grand from Paul Woolley Centre for Capital Market Dysfunctionality
  • (2006) Young Researcher Grant for WEHIA, Bologna


Remco is the academic director of the Master in Finance, as well as the Post-graduate Master in Risk Management for Financial Institutions (in Dutch). 

Top Financial Programme in the Heart of Amsterdam's Financial District
The MSc Finance programme at VU University ranked first among the finance programs in the Netherlands (Guide for Higher Education 2015) and is competitive to any Finance major in the world. It has a reputation of training students in analytical and quantitative skills that are directly applicable in their business career.

De Risk Management Opleiding van de Toekomst
Deze opleiding speelt in op de huidige marktsituatie. Er is daarom niet alleen aandacht voor de economische en mathematische modelleringskant, maar ook inzichten in menselijk gedrag en vele andere disciplines. Geschikt voor (risk) managers, ervaren professionals die door willen groeien naar een senior managementrol, maar ook accountants, auditors en consultants.

Remco is currently involved in the following courses:

  • Asset Pricing 4.1 (Master, VU)
  • Research Project 4.3 (Master, VU)       
  • Master Thesis Finance (Master, VU) 
  • Behavioral Finance (PhD, Tinbergen Institute)