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Elinor Ostrom Prize

Elinor Ostrom, 1933-2012

Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2009

A prize of £1000 is awarded each year for the best full-length article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics in the preceding calendar year. Approval to use the Ostrom name has been obtained from the Indiana University Foundation. Each annual prize competition is judged by an international jury of experts in the field of institutional research. The 2019 jury will be Elodie Bertrand, Maria Federica Carugati, Christopher Coyne, David Dequech and Thrainn Eggertsson.


The 2018 Elinor Ostrom Prize 

The 2018 Elinor Ostrom Prize will be awarded for the best full-length article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics in 2017.  The jury consists of Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Thrainn Eggertsson, and William Milberg. The winner will be announced at the conference of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research, in Hong Kong, from 14-17 September 2018.

These five artices are shortlisted for the 2018 prize:

  • Benito Arruñada, “Property as sequential exchange: The forgotten limits of private contract” JOIE 13(4)
  • Michael Bleaney and Arcangelo Dimico, “Ethnic diversity and conflict” JOIE 13(2)
  • Daniel Cole, “Law, norms, and the ‘Institutions Analysis and Development’ framework” JOIE 13(4)
  • Avner Greif and Joel Mokyr, “Cognitive rules, institutions and economic growth: Douglass North and beyond” JOIE 13(1)
  • Hilton Root, “Network assemblage of regime stability and resilience: comparing Europe and China” JOIE 13(3)


    The 2017 Elinor Ostrom Prize 

    The 2017 Elinor Ostrom Prize was awarded to Agnès Labrousse for her article: “Not by technique alone: a methodological comparison of development analysis with Esther Duflo and Elinor Ostrom”, JOIE 12(2), June 2016.

    These two other artices were shortlisted for the 2017 prize:


    The 2016 Elinor Ostrom Prize 

    The 2016 Elinor Ostrom Prize was awarded to Roger Koppl, Stuart Kauffman, Teppo Felin, and Giuseppe Longo, for their article “Economics for a creative world” JOIE 11(1), March 2015.

    These four other artices were shortlisted for the 2016 prize:

    • Ugo Pagano and Massimiliano Vatiero, “Costly institutions as substitutes: Novelty and limits of the Coasian approach” JOIE 11(2), June 2015
    • Frank Hindriks and Francesco Guala, “Institutions, rules, and equilibria: A unified theory” JOIE 11(3), September 2015
    • Giovanni Dosi and Luigi Marengo, “The dynamics of organizational structures and performances under diverging distributions of knowledge and different power structures” JOIE 11(3), September 2015
    • Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie, “Garbage in, garbage out? Some micro sources of macro errors” JOIE 11(3), September 2015

    The above five articles can be downloaded free from HERE

    The third Elinor Ostrom Prize was awarded in 2016 for the best full-length article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics in 2015.  The jury consisted of Bruno Amable, Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Thrainn Eggertsson, William Milberg, and Malcolm Rutherford. The award was made at the conference of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research, in Boston, MA, USA on 2-5 September 2016.


    The 2015 Elinor Ostrom Prize 

    The 2015 Elinor Ostrom Prize was awarded to Daniel H. Cole, Graham Epstein and Michael McGinnis for their article “Digging deeper into Hardin’s pasture: The complex institutional structure of the ‘tragedy of the commons’” – JOIE 10(3) Sep 2014.

    These four other articles were shortlisted for the 2015 prize: 

    • John Buchanan, Dominic Chai and Simon Deakin, “Empirical analysis of legal institutions and institutional change: multiple-methods approaches and their application to corporate governance research” – JOIE 10(1) Mar 2014.
    • Xavier Hollandts and Virgile Chassignon, “Who are the owners of the firm: shareholders, employees or no-one?” – JOIE 10(1) Mar 2014.
    • Juha Hiedanpää and Daniel W. Bromley, “Payments for environmental services: Durable habits, dubious nudges, doubtful efficacy” – JOIE 10(2) Jun 2014.
    • Valentin Seidler, “When do institutional transfers work? The relation between institutions, culture and the transplant effect: the case of Bornu in north-eastern Nigeria.” – JOIE 10(3) Sep 2014.

    The above five articles can be downloaded free from HERE

    The second Elinor Ostrom Prize was awarded in 2015 for the best full-length article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics in 2015. The jury consisted of Bruno Amable, Christopher Coyne, Thrainn Eggertsson, William Milberg, Ugo Pagano and Malcolm Rutherford. The award was made at the conference of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 10-13 September 2015.


    The 2014 Elinor Ostrom Prize 

    The 2014 Elinor Ostrom Prize was awarded to Fabio Landini for his article “Institutional change and information production” – JOIE 9(3) Sep 2013.

    These three other articles were shortlisted for the 2014 prize:

    ·         Richard Grabowski, “The formation of growth coalitions: The role of the rural sector” – JOIE 9(3) Sep 2013

    ·         Francisco Beltrán Tapia, “Enclosing literacy? Common lands and human capital in Spain, 1860-1930” – JOIE 9(4) Dec 2013

    ·         Stefan Voigt, "How (not) to measure institutions" – JOIE 9(1) Mar 2013

    The first Elinor Ostrom Prize was awarded in 2014 for the best full-length article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics in 2013. The jury consisted of Timur Kuran, Ugo Pagano, Mary Shirley and Ulrich Witt. The award was made at the conference of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research, in Greenwich, London, UK on 11-14 September 2014.