Jan Tinbergen

January Tinbergen ( born April 12, 1903 in The Hague, The Netherlands, † June 9, 1994 ) was a Dutch mathematician and economist. In 1969 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.


Tinbergen studied mathematics and physics at the University of Leiden. But his interest soon also political issues. In his doctoral thesis he combined mathematical methods with economic issues. He was a pioneer of mathematical modeling and econometrics.

From 1929 to 1945, he worked alongside his professorship at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Statistical Office of the Netherlands. He worked there as an editor for a trade journal in the field of business cycle analysis. In the late thirties, he was also an advisor to the League of Nations. From 1945 to 1955 he was head of the Central Planning Bureau. Later he built econometric models, including the United States. After the tsunami of 1953 Tinbergen was appointed to the Delta Commission, which planned the Delta Works. In 1956 he founded, together with Henri Theil the Econometrisch Instituut. January Tinbergen was a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.

January Tinbergen, in honor of his contributions to econometric models in 1969, together with Ragnar Anton Kittil fresh the first time this year awarded Prize for economics the Bank of Sweden in memory of Alfred Nobel ( the official name of the " Nobel Prize in Economics "). His younger brother Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907-1988) was awarded the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, his brother Luuk Tinbergen was a professor of ecology at the University of Groningen.

At the age of 91 years Tinbergen died on 9 June 1994 in The Hague.