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In Memoriam Jacques Sijben (1939-2021)

Published: 25th May 2021 Last updated: 25th May 2021

On May 4, 2021, Jacques Sijben, emeritus professor of Finance, Credit and Banking at Tilburg University, passed away.

Jacques was born in Neer, Limburg in 1939. After completing secondary school in Roermond and military service, he started studying economics at the Catholic University of Tilburg (later Catholic University Brabant, now Tilburg University) in 1960. In 1966, Jacques graduated with honors in general economics. Upon graduation, he became an academic research assistant in Finance, Credit and Banking with Prof. Dr. H. W. J. Bosman. He conducted research with great enthusiasm and commitment and taught monetary economics to many students.

It soon became apparent that Jacques was a very talented economist. His article "Near-banking and monetary policy" was awarded the NIBE-premium in 1972. The article was praised for its great analytical value, the incorporation of a thorough knowledge of literature and a clear and distinct argumentative style that constantly deepens the reader's understanding.

In 1974, Jacques received his doctorate with the thesis "Finance and Economic Growth."
This dissertation provides a thorough, critical and systematically organized overview of an interesting, but not easily accessible - topic of the international professional literature of the 1970s.  An English-language edition of this thesis also appeared in 1977. Incidentally, the aforementioned qualification also applies to Jacques' book "Rational Expectations and Monetary Policy". In addition to an English-language edition, a Spanish-language edition was also published.

In 1984, Jacques succeeded Prof. Dr. H. W. J. Bosman and became professor of Finance, Credit and Banking. He was an extraordinarily inspiring professor for countless students. Many of them chose Finance, Credit and Banking as their graduation subject. Jacques was elected Best Teacher several times. International professional literature was always his source of inspiration. He often discussed articles in his lectures that had not appeared in international journals yet, but were already available to him.

Jacques made substantial contributions to professional literature, both in international and in Dutch-language journals. An overview of his publications can be found in the Liber Amicorum that was offered to him on occasion of his retirement in 2004.

Jacques also played a special role in the TIAS Business School, founded in 1986. He was co-founder of several programs and the initial infrastructure. Even after his retirement, he remained associated with TIAS for quite some time in various positions.

We wish his wife Ria and son Leon much peace and comfort at this difficult time.