Jan Tinbergen

Dutch economist

Jan Tinbergen (April 12, 1903 – June 9, 1994) was a Dutch economist. He won the first Nobel Prize in Economics with Ragnar Frisch.

Jan Tinbergen
Jan Tinbergen 1982.jpg
Jan Tinbergen in 1982
Born(1903-04-12)April 12, 1903
DiedJune 9, 1994(1994-06-09) (aged 91)
The Hague
Alma materLeiden University
Known forFirst national macroeconomic model
AwardsNobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1969)
Scientific career
InstitutionsErasmus University
Doctoral advisorPaul Ehrenfest
Doctoral studentsTjalling Koopmans
InfluencesOskar R. Lange

Early lifeEdit

Tinbergen was born on April 12, 1903 at The Hague. He studied at Leiden University.

Nobel PrizeEdit

He was awarded the first Nobel Prize in Economics in 1969. He shared the award with Ragnar Frisch for having developed and applied dynamic models for the analysis of economic processes. Tinbergen was a founding trustee of Economists for Peace and Security.

Tinbergen's debateEdit

Tinbergen’s econometric picture lead to a debate between other several known economists such as J.M. Keynes, Ragnar Frisch and Milton Friedman. The debate is sometimes called the Tinbergen debate.[1][2]

Personal lifeEdit

Tinbergen was never married. He also had no children. He died on June 9, 1994 at The Hague from natural causes, aged 91.[3] Niko Tinbergen is his brother.

Some booksEdit

  • Business Cycles in the United States, 1919–1932, Geneva, 1939 and New York, 1968
  • Business Cycles in the United Kingdom, 1870–1914, Amsterdam, 1951
  • On the Theory of Economic Policy. Second edition (1952) is Volume 1 of Contributions to Economic Analysis, Amsterdam: North-Holland.
  • Centralization and Decentralization in Economic Policy, Amsterdam, 1954 ISBN 0-313-23077-3.
  • Economic Policy: Principles and Design, Amsterdam, 1956
  • The Element of Space in Development Planning (together with L.B.M. Mennes and J.G. Waardenburg), Amsterdam, 1969
  • The Dynamics of Business Cycles: A Study in Economic Fluctuations. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1974. ISBN 0-226-80418-6.
  • Der Dialog Nord-Süd: Informationen zur Entwicklungspolitik. Frankfurt am Main: Europ. Verlagsanstalt, 1977.
  • Economic policy: Principles and Design. Amsterdam, 1978. ISBN 0-7204-3129-8.


  1. Leeson, R. (1998). "The Ghosts I Called I Can't Get Rid of Now: the Keynes-Tinbergen-Friedman-Phillips Critique of Keynesian Macroeconometrics". History of Political Economy. 30 (1): 51–94. doi:10.1215/00182702-30-1-51.
  2. Louçã, F. (1999). "The econometric challenge to Keynes: Arguments and contradictions in the early debates about a late issue" (PDF). The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought. 6 (3): 404. doi:10.1080/10427719900000074.
  3. Jan Tinbergen (1903–1994). The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. Library of Economics and Liberty (2nd ed.). Liberty Fund. 2008.

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