Honory doctorates 2002

Prof. dr. Lars Peter Hansen

Honorary supervisor Prof. Dr. B.J.M. Werker - 2018 –Tilburg School of Economics and Management

Lars Peter Hansen (Champaign, Illinois, 1952) is an American economist. He is Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and is best known for his work on the "moment estimator" in econometrics

Prof. Lars Peter Hansen

In 2013, he, Eugene Fama, and Robert Shiller were awarded the Swedish Riksbank’s Prize for Economics (also referred to as the "Nobel Prize in Economics") for their empirical analysis of asset pricing.

Hansen studied political science at Utah State University and economics at the University of Minnesota. He was an assistant and associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University before being appointed full professor in Chicago in 1981.

Hansen pays close attention to the principle of uncertainty in his work. The models he developed are also intended to provide decision-makers with insight into the various uncertainties that surround an issue. The most well-known method is known as the Generalized Method of Moments, which assumes imperfection. For, as Hansen himself said at the presentation of the Nobel Prize, "You can do something without having to do everything."

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