Emeritus Professor of econometrics at Erasmus School of Economics Herman van Dijk has been granted the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands. This very special and high decoration was pinned to Van Dijk’s lapel by the mayor of the Krimpenerwaard on Wednesday 26 April 2017.
In his speech the mayor stated that he was impressed with the recommendations of Professor Alexander Rinnooy Kan, Professor John Geweke (fellow of the Econometric Society and fellow of the Society of Financial Econometrics) and last but not least Professor Christopher Sims, winner of the Nobel Prize for economics in 2011.
John Geweke: ‘Herman solved a very important problem in Bayesian econometrics. In my own work I have followed this lead. Scientific breakthroughs to solve practical problems are a key to his work.’
And according to the mayor, Christopher Sims wrote: ‘My own research overlaps considerably with Professor van Dijk's research. Herman helped to maintain the worldwide reputation of Dutch econometricians through his own fundamental research but also through directing and stimulating research of his students.’
A Dutch royal decoration constitutes recognition that someone has rendered exceptional service to society. The Order of the Lion of the Netherlands is the oldest and highest civilian order of chivalry in the Netherlands.