The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Tinbergen, Jan (1903–1994)

  • Peter A. Cornelisse
  • Herman K. van Dijk
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Jan Tinbergen was the first Nobel Laureate in economics in 1969. This article presents a brief survey of his many contributions to economics, in particular to macroeconometric modelling, business cycle analysis, economic policymaking, development economics, income distribution, international economic integration and the optimal regime. It further emphasizes his desire to contribute to the solution of urgent socio-economic problems and his passion for a more humane world.


Business cycles Capability tax Club of Rome Cobweb model Computable general equilibrium models Development economics Econometrics Economic integration Educational attainment Foreign aid Frisch, R. Gravitation model Great Depression Haavelmo, T. Haberler, G. Harvard Barometer Income distribution Inequality Inequality between nations Innovation International division of labour International external effects Keynes, J. M. Lump sum taxes Mitchell, W. Models Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis Optimal distribution of income Persons, W. Planning in stages Positional-exchange criterion Rent seeking Slutzky, E. Social welfare function Statistical mechanics Targets and instruments Tax shifting Taxation of income Tinbergen rule Tinbergen, J. Velocity of integration Yule, G 

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The authors gratefully acknowledge pertinent comments offered by the editors and Marcel Boumans.


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  • Peter A. Cornelisse
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  • Herman K. van Dijk
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