Gyorgy Ranki Biennial Prize

The Gyorgy Ranki Biennial Prize is awarded every other year for an Outstanding Book on the Economic History of Europe


The Ranki Prize was established by the Economic History Association in 1989 to honor the late Gyorgy Ranki, a distinguished Hungarian economic historian who taught in both Hungary and the United States. The Ranki Prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding book in European economic history and is in the amount of $1,200. It alternates with the Alice Hanson Jones Prize for a book in North American (including Caribbean) economic history.

The 13th Ranki Prize will be awarded in September 2019 for a book published in 2017 or 2018.

To be eligible, a book must be published in English and must, in whole or in substantial part, treat aspects of European economic history in any period from classical antiquity to the present. For purposes of this prize, Europe is understood to include European Russia as well as the British Isles. Books that compare European experience to that of other parts of the world, or that use historical information to examine present or anticipate future issues and trends, are also eligible as long as they pay significant attention to European economic history.

Nominations for the prize may be made by authors, publishers, or anyone else. Authors of nominated books need not be members of the Economic History Association. Date of publication rather than date of copyright determines eligibility. Translations of books published previously in a language other than English are eligible in the year of publication in English.

Whoever nominates a book should send a copy of the book and the curriculum vitae of the author(s) to each of the five members of the Ranki Prize committee.

For 2018-19, the chair of the committee is:

Professor Christophe Chamley
Boston University
Department of Economics
270, Bay State Road
Boston, MA, 02215

Other members of the committee include:

Professor Christopher Meisnner
1555 Century Ave
Pudong Xinqu
Shanghai Shi
China, 200122
Please send books via DHL. Due to lengthy border delays of up to 3 months in the PRC for printed material, e-book access would be preferred for Prof. Meissner. Please also send Prof. Meissner e-mail confirmation of any printed matter sent to the Shanghai address.


Professor Aldo Musacchio
Brandeis University
International Business School
415 South Street MC 032
Waltham, MA 02453
Please include note stating that the book is to be considered for the Ranki Prize.

Professor Giovanni Federico
Università di Pisa
Department of Economics and Management
Via Cosimo Ridolfi 10
56124 PISA PI

Professor Amanda Gregg
Middlebury College
303 College Street, Warner Hall
MiddleburyVT 05753