50 years ago, Jan Tinbergen received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to economics and econometrics, the latter of which he is considered one of the founding fathers. To celebrate and recognise this occasion, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb visited Erasmus School of Economics to unveil a statue of Jan Tinbergen, sculpted by artist Lia Krol.
The mayor gave a speech highlighting Jan Tinbergen’s influence and impact, especially on Rotterdam as a city. His speech was followed by a brief talk from Dr. Erwin Dekker, who is working on a biography on Tinbergen which will be published next year.
A modest and compassionate man
Dekker describes Tinbergen as a modest scientist, focussed on combatting income inequality and improving wealth distribution. Tinbergen was also highly committed to developmental aid on a global scale.
In the media
There has been considerable media attention for the unveiling of the statue. You can find the links to the media articles in the More Information section (in Dutch).