This is the website of Erwin Dekker, historian and economist working at the the intersection of culture and economics. I am currently assistant professor of cultural economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Book Launch 'Jan Tinbergen and the Rise of Economic Expertise' w/ James Heckman, Esther-Mirjam Sent, Philip Hans Franses and Arjo Klamer, June 2021
Economic Sociology w/ Peter Boettke, June 2021
For his graduate course on economic sociology Peter Boettke (GMU) interviewed a number of leading thinkers in the field including Granovetter, Jens Beckert. The conversation with me is now also online.
The Limits of Expertise in Volkskrant, May 2021
Op-ed in which I argue that scientific expertise should serve society, not the state. I argue that the position of the expert institutes in the Netherlands such as the RIVM and the CPB makes this hard, so close to the state make this virtually impossible. With reference to the night-train critique of Tinbergen's first model.
NRC Interview on Tinbergen, May 2021
Interview with Bart Funnekotter of NRC on Tinbergen, his work and disappointments.
Kelder & Co interview on Tinbergen, May 2021
Saturday the 8th of May I was interview by Jort Kelder for his radio-show Dr. Kelder & Co on Radio 1 (In Dutch). Video included with the link.
Tinbergen and Postwar Reconstruction, May 2021
Tinbergen and the his role in the Reconstruction after WWII covered in the Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf' on May 4th.
Tinbergen and the United Nations, April 2021
De Nederlandse Vereniging voor de Verenigde Naties (NVVN) publiceert een speciaal dossier met 75 verhalen over de VN ter ere van het 75-jarig bestaan. Mijn bijdrage beschrijft Tinbergen's bijdrage aan de VN.
Podcast on Buchanan, March 2021
A new podcast episode of Ceteris Never Paribus, the History of Economic Thought Podcast in which I interview Alain Marciano and Peter Boettke about James Buchanan, his work and the archive at George Mason.
Tinbergen and Covid-19, Nov. 2020
How would Tinbergen have responded to the COVID-19 Crisis.
My reflections (in Dutch) at the celebration of
75 years of Central Planning Bureau.
A Social History o/t Ostrom Workshop, August 2021
Beatrice Cherrier and Aurélien Saïdi have edited a wonderful special issue on the role of workshops, conferences and seminars in the history of economics. It does a great job of focusing on creative communities rather than individuals. Pavel and I contributed a social history of the Ostrom Workshop.
Needs in 2nd ed. of Menger's Principles, August 2021
The second edition of Menger's Principles has been largely neglected: not widely available and unfinished. But one thing is for sure Menger drafted an entirely novel first chapter for the second edition, my article in the special issue on Menger of the Research in Economic Thought and Methodology takes a close look at the new theory of needs he present, including how individual needs might give rise to collective goods.
Heterarchy w/ Pavel Kuchar, July 2021
An encyclopedia (of Law and Economics) article about the complex but fascinating concept 'Heterarchy' that refers to mutually incompatible valuation systems or governance systems with no clear hierarchy between them with my favorite co-author.
We actually provide a defintion:
"Heterarchy is a complex adaptive system of governance, an order with more than one governing principle. Heterarchies include elements of hierarchies and networks, but in a number of important ways, heterarchies are different from both of these systems of governance. The model of heterarchical governance is like plate tectonics: mutually self-contained orders with unclear hierarchies among them."
Translation of Tinbergen's "Mathematical Psychology' July 2021
Together with my EUR colleagues Conrad Heilmann, Stefan Wintein and Ruth Hinz we translated one of the key articles in Tinbergen's oeuvre 'Matematiese Psychologie' as 'Mathematical Psychology, which contains in early form many of his key ideas on measurements, experiments, a just income distribution and the no-envy principle. It is now out in the Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics.
Hayekian Perspectives on Politics, Apr. 2021
The new issue of Cosmos + Taxis features a symposium
on Scott Scheal's book 'F.A. Hayek and Epistemology
of Politics'. Reflections from Peter Boettke, Roger Koppl,
Eric Schliesser and and me on 'The Political Process as
Experimentation and Learning. With a highly critical rejoinder
Social Science and Pandemics, March 2021
Stefan Kolev and I reflect on what PPE insights can contribute to handling the Corona-pandemic in the Italy-based journal Power & Democracy in 'Why a Pandemic Needs Social Science'.
Crowdfunding Artists, Socio-Econ Rev., March 2021
Why do artists not frequently return to crowdfunding platforms despite the fact that success rates hover around 80% of the platforms? We provide a socio-economic explanation based on interviews with artists, from which we demonstrate that many of their projects fail to break out of existing offline networks. Nonetheless crowdfunding platforms are an interesting new intermediary for artists, not in the least because it might be a stepping stone from amateur to professional status.
Paper co-authored with Carolina Dalla Chiesa now online at the Socio-Economic Review.