Special Issue de Economist on Jan Tinbergen: Engineering a Better World

Special Issue de Economist on Jan Tinbergen: Engineering a Better World

De Economist devotes a commemorative issue on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, emphasizing the contributions of Jan Tinbergen to the profession.  The journal has benefited from Tinbergen’s work as a member of the editorial board (1946–1988) and has published nearly forty of his articles. Most of these articles relate directly to the areas of research to which Tinbergen has made original contributions. His first article in De Economist ‘Over de mathematies-statistiese methoden voor konjunktuuronderzoek’ (On the mathematical-statistical methods of business-cycle research) was published in 1927, and his last full article, which appeared more than 60 years later, was on ‘The velocity of integration” (Tinbergen 1991).

This special issue consists of five papers:

  • Weinberg and Galenson analyse the nature of the contributions of Nobel prize winners in economics by focusing on the lifecycle of laureates.
  • Heckman discusses Tinbergen’s contribution to the theoretical and empirical literature on wage inequality
  • Don’s contribution assesses what influence Jan Tinbergen has had on Dutch economic policy in the 1930s and 1940s, with a focus on macroeconomic policy.
  • Morgan rediscovers the importance of Tinbergens legacy.
  • De Zeeuw reviews Tinbergen’s views on environmental policies.

This celebratory issue of De Economist is available online and in print.