Former Laureates

Jan Tinbergen

Jan Tinbergen

1967

In 1967 the Erasmus Prize was awarded for the first time to a Dutch citizen, Professor Jan Tinbergen. Jan Tinbergen was born in The Hague in 1903. He studied mathematics and physics at Leiden, where he earned his doctorate in 1929 with a dissertation entitled Minimum Problems in Physics and Economics. From 1929 to 1945 he worked for the Central Bureau of Statistics (now Netherlands Statistics), the last ten years as its director. In 1933 he became extraordinary Professor of Statistics, Economics and Econometrics at the School of Economics, the precursor of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. From 1936 to 1939 he was attached to the secretariat of the League of Nations in Geneva. There he wrote his well-known works on statistical research into market trend theories, having previously developed a method using econometric models in economic policy. He was the instigator and first director of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. In Rotterdam he established a department that was concerned with drawing up programmes for the long-term economic development of developing countries. He was a proponent of the theory according to which the large existing economic orders will eventually converge. Jan Tinbergen received the Erasmus Prize for his pioneering work in connection with the development of the new science of econometrics. With his work he succeeded in developing guidelines for the study of economic problems that have received worldwide recognition. Impelled by idealism and humane concern, moreover, he dedicated himself to third world development and drew up constructive plans for relief in those areas. In 1969 Jan Tinbergen received, together with Ragnar Frisch, the first Nobel Prize for Economics. He died in 1994.

Professor Jan Tinbergen used his Erasmus Prize to initiate a study concerning the geographic distribution of industrial products.