Seminar ‘Normative’ Tinbergen (5 September 2019)

Seminar ‘Normative’ Tinbergen (5 September 2019)

With Rick van der Ploeg (Oxford University), Jan Pronk (ISS) and Laura van Geest (CPB).

As one of the partners of Tinbergen Today, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy will host a seminar for decision-takers, strategists and policymakers about the ‘normative’ side of Jan Tinbergen on September 5th. Although Tinbergen is primarily known for his contributions to econometrics and the socioeconomic institutional structure of the Netherlands, he was also a normative economist. He was not afraid to articulate strong policy advice, sometimes based on personal opinions. The seminar will focus on three norms that are ascribed to professor Tinbergen:

  • The Tinbergennorm for the income distribution, which states that the ratio between the highest and the lowest salary within a company should not exceed 5:1;
  • The Tinbergennorm for development assistance, which states that governments of developed nations should spend at least 0.7% of their national income on development aid;
  • The Tinbergen rule, which states that in policy design, the number of policy instruments must be at least equal to the number of policy targets.

Speakers are Rick van der Ploeg (Oxford University), Jan Pronk (ISS) and Laura van Geest (CPB). Each speaker will discuss one of the norms and reflect on the relevance of the norms for policymaking today. During the panel discussion, there will be ample time for questions from and discussion with the audience.

Date: 5 September 2019

Time: 14:30 – 17:10, followed by a reception

Location: Veegenszaal, Ministery of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Bezuidenhoutseweg 73, The Hague

To sign up, please contact Irene Kees-Schilder,

We hope to see you on September 5th!

Please note that the seminar will be held in Dutch