Jan Tinbergen (1903-1994) was a Dutch
economist and Nobel Prize winner. He was born in
After finishing his studies in 1921 and his thesis in
1929 he became head of the department of mathematical statistics of the Central
Bureau of Statistics. Also he worked as a statistics professor at
Some years later Tinbergen
was a temporary advisor to the Economic Intelligence Service of the
In 1955 he left the CPB to become guest professor at
From 1966 till 1972 Tinbergen chaired the United Nations Committee for Development Planning (now Committee for Development Policy), its task being to formulate an international development strategy. The commission's plan included the creation of employment in the agricultural and building sectors, the further cooperation of developing countries and the obligation for developed countries to spend one percent of their gross national product to development aid. The proposal was rejected.
For the Club of Rome he contributed to a report on a more righteous world order. That new order should be based upon cooperation and the plan included the forming of a world government.
In 1969 Tinbergen, together with Ragnar Frich, was awarded the first Nobel Prize for Economics for his research into and development of dynamic models for the analysis of economic processes.
In 1992 he received the Freedom from Want Award form the Roosevelt Foundation. The photo shows Tinbergen in the back together with other laureates Javier Perez de Cuellar and Terry Waite and Princess Juliana who presented the awards (photo: Jaap Wolterbeek).
His brother Niko Tinbergen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1973, making them the only brothers ever to win a Nobel Prize.