This article provides an overview of Tinbergen's economic writings, comprising well over 900 publications. Six broad areas have been distinguished to allow for the classification and discussion of Tinbergen's economic work. These six areas embody the change in Tinbergen's areas of interest apart from the shift from physics to economics early in his career. Tinbergen's work, however, is not only characterised by change of areas but also by continuity in approach. To mark this continuity four main characteristics of Tinbergen's work have been elaborated. The article concludes with Tinbergen's observations on the achievements to be expected from scientific research. J. Kol was Associate Professor of International Economics and Economic Integration at the Faculty of Economics of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam; P. de Wolff is Emeritus Professor at the University of Amsterdam and was Director of the Central Planning Bureau in The Hague as successor of J. Tinbergen. The authors are grateful to Mrs. I.M. Lageweg and Mr C.J. van Opijnen for their assistance with references.

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Keywords Jan Tinbergen, economic development, economic dynamics and business cycles, economic order, economic policy (theory and models), income distribution, international economics and economic integration, scientific research
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF01144775, hdl.handle.net/1765/18529
Journal De Economist
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Kol, J, & de Wolff, P. (1993). Tinbergen's work: Change and continuity. De Economist, 141(1), 1–28. doi:10.1007/BF01144775