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Is a new beginning in sight for economics and for business studies? This is one of the principal questions in Alexander Rinnooy Kan’s inaugural lecture.

Event details of Dramatic developments in economics and business studies
Date 8 March 2013
Time 16:00
Organised by Alexander Rinnooy Kan
Dr. A.H.G. Rinnooy Kan

Returning to university after a lengthy absence presented Rinnoy Kan with an opportunity to reflect on the past and look to the future. In the 35 years that have passed since his last inaugural lecture, the university system has grown significantly in size and quality. The current fields of  economics and business studies have also gone through dramatic developments compared with 35 years ago.


Business studies was not successful when it came to keeping its promise of an interdisciplinary approach. Economics was also a disappointment to many of Rinnoy Kan’s colleagues for the way it dealt with the current financial crisis. Mathematics was both overrated and underrated and ultimately did not make much of a contribution.


As a University Professor at the UvA, Rinnoy Kan – in collaboration with Paul Schnabel, University Professor at Utrecht University – will reflect on the special socio-economic attributes of the Netherlands. He will also give a number of university master classes to students to inform them about the standards of academic integrity when utilising academic knowledge.