Prof. F.R. Kleibergen (1967) has been named Professor of Economics of Identification in the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
Frank Kleibergen is specialised in econometric theory. His research mainly focuses on the development of assessment methods that remain effective even if economic correlations have been poorly defined in empirical terms. Most current methods fail to provide reliable results under these circumstances. This represents a classic problem within the field of econometric science. Structural parameters describing the behaviour of economic agents do not correspond directly with estimated correlations between economic data. These parameters must thus be determined indirectly. The past decade has seen a growing focus on the issue of weak instruments and the resulting low levels of identification. As a result of these weak instruments, structural parameters cannot be estimated with any significant level of precision. Standard econometric methods are thus distortive and yield unreliable results. During Kleibergen's tenure at the University of Amsterdam he will focus on the further development of assessment methods that remain consistently reliable.
Kleibergen has served as Professor of Economics at Brown University (US) since 2003. Prior to this time, he worked at various institutions including the University of Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tilburg University. Kleibergen obtained his doctorate at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2002, he received a grant for his study ‘Empirical Comparison of Economic Models' as part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research's Innovative Research Incentives Scheme. The following year he was named joint winner of the Tinbergen Award, a prize presented to the most successful Tinbergen Institute alumni.