Roy Thurik

Erasmus School of Economics, Rotterdam, and Free University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Montpellier Business School, France

To give further publicity to the much under-researched and ill understood link between the business cycle and entrepreneurship

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium-Sized Business, Free University Amsterdam; Directeur de la Recherche at Montpellier Business School in France

Research interest

(Economics of) entrepreneurship; industrial economics; industrial organization and policy; small business economics; biology, economics, and behaviour

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Scientific advisor, Panteia BV, Zoetermeer, the Netherlands


PhD Applied Micro-economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 1984

Selected publications

  • “GWAS of 126,559 individuals identifies genetic variants associated with educational attainment.” Science 340 (2013): 1467–1471 (with C. A. Rietveld et al.).

  • “Serum testosterone levels in males are not associated with entrepreneurial behavior in two independent observational studies.” Physiology and Behavior 119 (2013): 110–114 (with M. J. H. M. van der Loos, R. Haring, C. A. Rietveld, S. E. Baumeister, P. J. F. Groenen, A. Hofman, F. H. de Jong, P. D. Koellinger, T. Kohlmann, M. A. Nauck, F. Rivadeneira, A. G. Uitterlinden, F. J. A. van Rooij, and H. Wallaschofski).

  • “The molecular genetic architecture of self-employment.” PLoS ONE 8:4 (2013): e60542 (with M. J. H. M. van der Loos, C. A. Rietveld, N. Eklund, P. D. Koellinger, F. Rivadeneira et al.).

  • “Molecular genetics and economics.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 25:4 (2011): 57–82 (with J. P. Beauchamp, D. Cesarini, M. Johannesson, M. J. H. M. van der Loos, P. D. Koellinger, P. J. F. Groenen, J. H. Fowler, J. N. Rosenquist, A. R. Thurik, and N. A. Christakis).

  • “Genome-wide association studies in economics and entrepreneurship research: Promises and limitations.” Small Business Economics 35:1 (2010): 1–18 (with P. D. Koellinger, M. J. H. M. van der Loos, P. J. F. Groenen, A. R. Thurik, F. Rivadeneira, F. J. A. van Rooij, A. G. Uitterlinden, and A. Hofman).