Areas of Expertise (4)
Health Care Management
Research Design and Methods
Mathijs De Vaan is an Assistant Professor at the Haas School of Business. He earned his PhD from the Department of Sociology at Columbia University after defending his dissertation in June 2015.
Mathijs’ main research agenda focuses on social networks in health care. Motivated by the high level of variation in the cost and quality of care, Mathijs’ research examines the role of relationships between patients, between physicians, and between patients and physicians in the emergence and persistence of this variation. A second line of inquiry focuses on inequality in the production of science.
Columbia University: PhD, Sociology
Columbia University: MPhil, Sociology
Utrecht University: PhD, Economics/Geography
Utrecht University: MA, Economics
Utrecht University: BA, Economics
- Dutch (Native)
- English (Fluent)
- French (Intermediate)
- German (Intermediate)
Positions Held (1)
At Haas since 2015
2015 – present, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business
Media Appearances (3)
UC Berkeley Researchers: Opioid Addiction Is A Family Affair
KCBS Radio radio
Researchers Toby Stuart and Mathijs de Vaan of Berkeley Haas have uncovered another possible reason the opioid crisis has gotten so bad in the U.S.: family connections.
Is the Opioid Epidemic Driven By Family Consumption?
The Crime Report online
The study, conducted by Mathijs de Vaan and Toby Stuart, sociologists at the Haas School of Business of the University of California at Berkeley, found that if one family member uses prescription opioids, it’s likely that others in the family will soon be using them, too. The researchers analyzed hundreds of millions of medical claims and nearly 14.5 million opioid prescriptions in Massachusetts between 2010 and 2015.
CEO's salaries are best compared to peers. But how do you prevent cheating?
MT: Next Generation Leadership (Dutch) online
Research by Asst. Prof. Mathijs De Vaan found that a rule designed to make executive compensation more transparent has also given companies a tool to push CEO pay even higher. Companies are required to benchmark CEO pay against execs at peer companies, but they commonly choose peers that are skewed toward the higher end on compensation. "You would think that these peer groups ensure that a salary cannot become excessive compared to other CEOs," said De Vaan. "But the point is that it is not very easy to determine what such a peer groups should look like."
Selected Papers & Publications (8)
Does Intra-household Contagion Cause an Increase in Prescription Opioid Use?American Sociological Review
Mathijs de Vaan and Toby Stuart
Obscured Transparency? Compensation Benchmarking and the Biasing of Executive PayManagement Science
De Vaan, M., Elbers, B. and DiPrete, T.
The Matthew Effect in Science FundingProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Thijs Bol, Mathijs De Vaan, Arnout van de Rijt
Game Changer: The Topology of CreativityAmerican Journal of Sociology
Mathijs De Vaan, David Stark, Balazs Vedres
Interfirm Networks in Periods of Technological Turbulence and StabilityResearch Policy
Mathijs De Vaan
Clustering and Firm Performance in Project-based IndustriesThe Journal of Economic Geography
Mathijs De Vaan, Ron Boschma, and Koen Frenken
The Dynamics of Interfirm Networks along the Industry Life CycleThe Journal of Economic Geography
Pierre-Alexandre Balland, Mathijs De Vaan, and Ron Boschma
Social Learning in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Community Establishments’ Closure Decisions Follow Those of Nearby Chain Establishments.Management Science (forthcoming)
Saqib Choudhary, Mathijs De Vaan, Abhishek Nagaraj and Sameer Srivastava
MBA Core Course
Research in Macro-Organizational Behavior