In this article I claim that the Nobel Prize in Economics has not only set the economics discipline on a path-dependent trajectory, but is itself an apotheosis of a development of what I would like to refer to as 'the statistical turn in economics'. The case of Jan Tinbergen illustrates the argument and sketches the stages within the statistical turn in economics. The Nobel Prize in 1969 acknowledged this character of economics, and justified the continuation of this approach for the generation to come.

Economic policy, History of statistics, Tinbergen,
Statistica Neerlandica
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Jolink, A. (2009). Jan Tinbergen's statistical contribution to economic policy. Statistica Neerlandica, 63(4), 385–399. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9574.2009.00441.x