Richard Karlsson Linnér Postdoctoral Researcher School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Richard Karlsson Linnér is a postdoctoral researcher based at the School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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His PhD research is in the field of genoeconomics, the study of the genetic basis of economic preferences, behaviors, and decision-making, with the use of molecular-genetic data and methods. Richard Karlsson Linnér is the lead author of the largest genome-wide association study (GWAS) of risk preferences in more than 1 million individuals. That study identifies hundreds of genetic loci associated with risk preferences and risky health behaviors, and it performs a range of polygenic predictions of real-world outcomes. He is also the lead author of the largest epigenome-wide association study (EWAS) on educational attainment. Through his research in genoeconomics, Richard Karlsson Linnér has extensive knowledge and experience in the application of polygenic scores, e.g. to perform prediction of individual susceptibility and propensity, and to use polygenic scores to strengthen statistical and causal inference in empirical research.

His postdoctoral research activities are divided across three lines, with the purpose to study: (a) the effects of genetic health risks on personal expected longevity, insurance coverage, and retirement decisions; (b) the effect of common polygenic risk factors to the risk to develop and severity of neuropsychiatric disorders; (c) the identification of genetic factors underlying externalizing spectrum behaviors and disorders. Richard Karlsson Linnér was recently awarded a topicality grant to investigate the first topic (a), together with Prof. Dr. Philipp Koellinger.