August 26, 2022

"Jan Tinbergen (1903-1994) and the Rise of Economic Expertise" Book Panel

  • Peter J. Boettke

    Director, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Erwin Dekker

    Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Michele Alacevich

  • Sandra Peart

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On this episode of the Hayek Program Podcast, we'll hear a book panel discussion of Erwin Dekker's book, Jan Tinbergen (1903-1994) and the Rise of Economic Expertise. In it, Dekker argues that Tinbergen's crucial contribution is the theory of economic policy and the legitimation of economic expertise in service of the state. It traces his youthful socialist ideals which found political direction in the Plan-socialist movement of the 1930s for which he developed new economic models to combat the Great Depression. The book then turns to an examination of his attempt to repeat this achievement in the development projects in the Global South and at the international level for the United Nations. Peter Boettke moderates the book panel, with contributions from panelists:

  • Sandra Peart, Dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond
  • Michele Alacevich, Associate Professor of Economic History and the History of Economic Thought at Bologna University