Dr. Antonie Knigge

Sjoerd Groenmangebouw
Padualaan 14
Kamer C2.02
3584 CH Utrecht

Dr. Antonie Knigge

Assistant Professor
+31 30 253 4541

Current research projects


The Complex Interplay between Genes, Families, and Schools (NWO VENI grant)

Politicians, policy makers, and scientists have proposed several educational reforms to create more equal educational opportunities for Dutch children from different social backgrounds. For example, it is often claimed that it would be better for equality of educational opportunities to delay the age at which children are sorted into educational tracks. It is difficult to assess the potential effectiveness of such policies, because the influence of genetic predispositions and family background are easily confounded. Therefore, this project uses twin methods to study the interplay between genetic, family, and school influences on educational attainment.  


Sources of Sibling Dissimilarity

Although most of social stratification research focuses on differences between families, the largest share of inequality in society occurs within families. This project investigates how such differences between siblings come about. More specifically, it looks how parents divide their resources among their children (e.g., whether they reinforce or compensate existing differences between children), and how these parental strategies depend on other factors, such as family SES and family size.



Past research projects


Sources of Sibling Similarity. Status Attainment in the Netherlands during Modernization (Ph.D Project, 2009–2015)

The aim of the project is to describe and explain temporal and spatial variation in the measured and unmeasured influence of the family on occupational status attainment of their children in the Netherlands in the nineteenth century. The family influences the status attainment of their children by transferring resources such as financial, cultural, social and genetic capital. The conventional indicator for family resources—occupational status of the father—will never be able to capture all these resources fully. To get around this problem, so-called sibling models will be used as they allow assessing the total family impact and how much of this total impact measured variables are able to account for. Moreover, we find out to what extent it is necessary to include extended family (e.g., grandfathers, uncles) in the analyses in order to understand the total family impact fully. An important and attractive feature of the project is that hypotheses are tested using long-term historical data such as digitized vital registers.

  • Supervisors: Marco H.D. van Leeuwen (UU/IISG), Ineke Maas (UU/VU)
  • Financing: ERC Advanced Investigators Grant “Towards Open Societies?”, a project with the aim of studying patterns, processes and determinants of social mobility over the past three centuries.


Coordination and Cooperation Problems in Network Good Production (Master’s Thesis, 2007-2009)

This thesis deals with situations where actors look to form links with others to produce a network good (a particular form of collective good). There are coordination and cooperation problems that hinder the efficient production of a network good. I studied and tested experimentally the conditions under which these problems are more easily solved.

  • Supervisor: Vincent Buskens
  • An adapted version has been published in Games (see publications).



Research interests

  • Social mobility
  • Inequality
  • Long-term changes in stratification systems
  • Gene-environment interplay
  • Sibling/twin methods
Completed Projects
One Book One Campus 01.09.2022 to 01.09.2023
General project description

In this project we will organize forms of shared reading within the Utrecht University, and monitor and evaluate their effectiveness, specifically with regards to (1) inclusion, (2) belonging to UU community, and (3) reading motivation. We will conduct (online/app) surveys, participant observation and qualitative interviews. Project leader; dr. Agnes Andeweg. project website: http://www.uu.nl/onebook, en https://youtu.be/j5IfBZk_gKE

Other NPO-fonds UU en HER research grant