The Elinor Ostrom Prize has been established in honour of the late Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012), who was an enormously creative scholar and an outstanding pioneer of the interdisciplinary field of institutional research.*
Her most famous work focused on the problem of managing and maintaining common-pool resources, but she also applied her ideas to problems of political governance and climate change. Her theoretical work on rules is of paramount importance. In her last decade she became increasingly interested in how rule-systems (or institutions) evolve. Her articles published in JOIE are among the journal's most-cited papers, and are included in the Anniversary Paper Collection complied by the editors to mark the 10th anniversay of JOIE.
A prize of £1000, funded by the Foundation for European Economic Development (FEED), is awarded each year for the best full-length article published in JOIE in the preceding calendar year. Each annual prize competition will be judged by an international committee of experts in the field of institutional research.
Inaugural 2014 Elinor Ostrom Prize
Fabio Landini, "Institutional Change and Information Production", JOIE 9(3): 257-284.
The award was made at the conference dinner of the Inaugural WINIR Conference in London, UK.
Prize committee: Masahiko Aoki, Timur Kuran, Ugo Pagano, Mary Shirley and Ulrich Witt.
2015 Elinor Ostrom Prize
Daniel H. Cole, Graham Epstein and Michael McGinnis (2014), “Digging Deeper into Hardin’s Pasture: The Complex Institutional Structure of the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’", JOIE 10(3): 353-369.
The award was made at the Second WINIR Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Prize committee: Bruno Amable, Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Thráinn Eggertsson, William Milberg, Ugo Pagano and Malcolm Rutherford.
2016 Elinor Ostrom Prize
Roger Koppl, Stuart Kauffman, Teppo Felin, and Giuseppe Longo (2015), “Economics for a creative world", JOIE 11(1): 1-31.
The award was made at the Third WINIR Conference in Boston, USA.
Prize committee: Bruno Amable, Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Thráinn Eggertsson, William Milberg and Malcolm Rutherford.
2017 Elinor Ostrom Prize
The following three articles have been short-listed for the 2017 award:
Agnès Labrousse, “Not by technique alone: a methodological comparison of development analysis with Esther Duflo and Elinor Ostrom”, JOIE 12(2): 277-303.
Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, “Max U versus Humanomics: a critique of neo-institutionalism”, JOIE 12(1): 1-27.
Viktor Vanberg, “Competitive federalism, government’s dual role, and the power to tax”, JOIE 12(4): 825-845.
The award will be made at the Fourth WINIR Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Prize committee: Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Thrainn Eggertsson, Will Milberg and Malcolm Rutherford.
* Approval to use the Ostrom name has been obtained from the Indiana University Foundation.