Economic historian professor Bas van Bavel has received the NWO Spinoza Prize of 2.5 million euros. The Spinoza Prize is the highest scientific distinction in the Netherlands. The Faculty Professor Transitions of Economy and Society is one of the world’s greatest experts in the area of socioeconomic history. He developed an entirely new vision about the role of the market economy in our society.
According to the Spinoza Prize selection committee, Van Bavel has a broad interest and a powerful research agenda, for which he keeps on finding surprising and original perspectives. He enjoys a considerable international reputation, writes in renowned international journals and has won a considerable number of prizes.