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.

The 5 members of 2019 Ostrom Prize Committee (Elodie Bertrand, Federica Carugati, Christopher Coyne, David Dequech and Thrainn Eggertsson) will consider all articles published in JOIE in 2018. A shortlist will be announcedf in early 2019. The award will be made at the Sixth WINIR Conference in Lund, Sweden.

Benito Arruñada, “Property as Sequential Exchange: The Forgotten Limits of Private Contract”, JOIE 13(4): 753-783.

Michael Bleaney and Arcangelo Dimico, “Ethnic Diversity and Conflict”, JOIE 13(2): 357-378.

Daniel Cole, “Law, Norms and the ‘Institutions Analysis and Development’ Framework”, JOIE 13(4): 829-847.

Avner Greif and Joel Mokyr, “Cognitive Rules, Institutions and Economic Growth: Douglass North and Beyond”, JOIE 13(1): 25-52.

Hilton Root, “Network Assemblage of Regime Atability and Resilience: Comparing Europe and China”, JOIE 13(3): 523-548.

The award will be made at the Fifth WINIR Conference in Hong Kong, China.
2018 Ostrom Prize Committee: Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Thrainn Eggertsson and Will Milberg.

Agnès Labrousse, “Not By Technique Alone: A Methodological Comparison of Development Analysis with Esther Duflo and Elinor Ostrom”, JOIE 12(2): 277-303.

The award was made at the Fourth WINIR Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands.
2017 Ostrom Prize Committee: Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Thrainn Eggertsson, Will Milberg and Malcolm Rutherford.

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.
2016 Ostrom Prize Committee: Bruno Amable, Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Thráinn Eggertsson, William Milberg and Malcolm Rutherford.

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.
2015 Ostrom Prize Committee: Bruno Amable, Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Thráinn Eggertsson, William Milberg, Ugo Pagano and Malcolm Rutherford.

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.
2014 Ostrom Prize Committee: Masahiko Aoki, Timur Kuran, Ugo Pagano, Mary Shirley and Ulrich Witt.


* Approval to use the Ostrom name has been obtained from the Indiana University Foundation.