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.
A prize of £1000, funded by Millennium Economics Ltd. (the owner of JOIE), 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.
2022 Elinor Ostrom Prize
The following articles have made the short-list for this year's Elinor Ostrom Prize:
Peter Grajzl and Peter Murrell, “A Machine-Learning History of English Caselaw and Legal Ideas Prior to the Industrial Revolution I: Generating and Interpreting the Estimates", JOIE 17(1): 1-19 and “A Machine-Learning History of English Caselaw and Legal Ideas Prior to the Industrial Revolution II: Applications", JOIE 17(2): 201-216.
Veeshan Rayamajhee and Pablo Paniagua, “The Ostroms and the Contestable Nature of Goods: Beyond Taxonomies and Towards Institutional Polycentricity”, JOIE 17(1): 71-89.
Sheilagh Ogilvie, “Thinking Carefully about Inclusiveness: Evidence from European Guilds”, JOIE 17(2): 185-200.
Bronwyn Howell and Petrus Potgieter, “Uncertainty and Dispute Resolution for Blockchain and Smart Contract Institutions", JOIE 17(4): 545-559.
Matthew T. Panhans and Reinhard Schumacher, “Theory in Closer Contact with Industrial Life: American Institutional Economists on Competition Theory and Policy”, JOIE 17(5): 781-798.
The award will be announced at the Seventh WINIR Conference (online).
2022 Ostrom Prize Committee: Richard Adelstein, Maria Brouwer, Daniel Cole, Christopher Coyne, Tine de Moor, David Dequech, Abigail Devereaux, Brett Frischmann, Roger Koppl, Michael McGinnis, Jochen Runde, Edella Schlager, Mary Shirley and Irene van Staveren.
2021 Elinor Ostrom Prize
Abigail Devereaux and Linan Peng, “Give Us a Little Social Credit: To Design or To Discover Personal Ratings in the Era of Bg Data", JOIE 16(3): 369-387.
David Ciepley, “The Anglo-American Misconception of Stockholders as ‘Owners’ and ‘Members’: Its Origins and Consequences”, JOIE 16(5): 623-642.
The award was announced on 7 August 2021, on Elinor Ostrom's birthday.
2021 Ostrom Prize Committee: Richard Adelstein, Elodie Bertrand, Daniel Cole, Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Brett Frischmann, Sophia du Plessis, Thráinn Eggertsson, Roger Koppl, Michael McGinnis, Sheilagh Ogilvie, Edella Schlager, Mary Shirley and Irene van Staveren.
2020 Elinor Ostrom Prize
Elise S. Brezis and Joël Cariolle, “The Revolving Door, State Connections and Inequality of Influence in the Financial Sector", JOIE 15(4): 595-614.
The award was announced on 7 August 2020, on Elinor Ostrom's birthday.
2020 Ostrom Prize Committee: Elodie Bertrand, Federica Carugati, Christopher Coyne, David Dequech and Thráinn Eggertsson.
2019 Elinor Ostrom Prize
Robbert Maseland, “Is Colonialism History? The Declining Impact of Colonial Legacies on African Institutional and Economic Development”, JOIE 14(2): 258-287.
Colin Harris, “Institutional Solutions to Free-Riding in Peer-to-Peer Networks: A Case Study of Online Pirate Communities”, JOIE 14(5): 901-924.
The award was made at the Sixth WINIR Conference in Lund, Sweden.
2019 Ostrom Prize Committee: Elodie Bertrand, Federica Carugati, Christopher Coyne, David Dequech and Thráinn Eggertsson.
2018 Elinor Ostrom Prize
Avner Greif and Joel Mokyr, “Cognitive Rules, Institutions and Economic Growth: Douglass North and Beyond”, JOIE 13(1): 25-52.
The award was made at the Fifth WINIR Conference in Hong Kong, China.
2018 Ostrom Prize Committee: Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Thráinn Eggertsson and Will Milberg.
Read the statement by Professors Avner Greif and Joel Mokyr here.
2017 Elinor Ostrom Prize
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, Thráinn Eggertsson, Will Milberg 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.
2016 Ostrom Prize Committee: Bruno Amable, Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Thráinn Eggertsson, William Milberg and Malcolm Rutherford.
2015 Elinor Ostrom Prize
Daniel H. Cole, Graham Epstein and Michael D. 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.
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.
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.