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Recovering Tinbergen

Morgan, Mary S. (2019) Recovering Tinbergen. De Economist, 167 (3). 283 - 295. ISSN 0013-063X

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10645-019-09346-w


From the long viewpoint of history of economics, the two most important contributions that Jan Tinbergen made to economics are surely the development of the first macro-econometric model and a general theory of economic policy-making. This paper explores these two innovations to recover why they deserve such recognition, analyses their technical and conceptual depths, and shows how they relate to the economic history of the period and his personal history. In the process, it becomes clear that they are not separate innovations, but, as Tinbergen recognised, involved the same logic; and as we can recognise, were driven by the same ambition to make economics usable in the world.

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Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology > B2 - History of Economic Thought since 1925 > B20 - General
B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology > B3 - History of Thought: Individuals > B31 - Individuals
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O2 - Development Planning and Policy > O21 - Planning Models; Planning Policy
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2019 09:03
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:41

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