Gene-environment interplay: A revolution for social science research?

Drs van Kippersluis, von Hinke, Biroli and collaborators highlight and investigate the potential of using genetic data in order to understand the complexity of nature-nurture. The image shows a pregnant person snapping a cigarette.

Dr Hans van Kippersluis (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Dr Stephanie von Hinke (Bristol University; Erasmus University Rotterdam), and Dr Pietro Biroli (University of Bologna), argue that recent developments in genetic studies and data availability make a great addition to social science and economics research. They argue that the analysis of gene–environment interplay can help test economic theories, uncover economic or behavioural […]

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Asbestos and bile duct cancer


Professor Giovanni Brandi and Dr Simona Tavolari, from the University of Bologna, study the association between asbestos exposure and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC). Case-control analyses in Italy and four Nordic countries found strong associations between occupational exposure to asbestos and ICC. Therefore, asbestos is suggested as a risk factor for ICC development. This could be due to asbestos fibres becoming trapped […]

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The periphery: Where radical innovation occurs

The periphery: Where radical innovation occurs

Gino Cattani is Professor of Management and Organization at the Stern School of Business, and Simone Ferriani is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Bologna. Both professors have researched creativity and entrepreneurship independently but they’ve come together for a common goal: to solve the Core-Periphery Conundrum. Why is it that resources are concentrated among those who conform, when the […]

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