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Royal Decoration awarded to Gerard van den Berg

29 April 2024
Professor Gerard van den Berg (right) with the other UG-laureate Professor Erik Frijlink (FSE)

The Faculty of Economics and Business is very proud to announce that Professor Gerard van den Berg has been appointed Officer of the Order of Oranje-Nassau. The decoration was presented to him by Mayor Koen Schuiling of the Municipality of Groningen.

Gerard van den Berg (Almelo, 1962) is Professor of Health Economics at FEB. After starting his academic career as a university student in Groningen, he spent many years working elsewhere: at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he became a professor at the age of 34, and subsequently in Germany, the UK, America, and Sweden. In 2019, he returned to Groningen, where he has since worked as Professor of Health Economics.

His academic career is unprecedented according to Dutch standards: he is known as a leading international econometrist and labour and health economist who combines analytical depth with social relevance in a very straightforward way. As such, he advised several ministries. Very recently, for example, at the request of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, he has made a major contribution to research that can be used to quantify the value of science. His research on cancer and epidemiology in collaboration with medical researchers is equally impressive and promising. Colleagues at home and abroad praise him for his leading academic work, his broad expertise and elegant solutions to complex problems, and his commitment to connecting science and society.

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