The EHA recognizes excellence in research, publication, and teaching of economic history by awarding several annual and biennial prizes at the President’s Awards Banquet during the annual meetings. Each fall the Announcements page on this web site and the EHA newsletter include Calls for Nominations and submission information.
Dissertations chosen for presentation at the annual meetings are finalists for these annual awards.
2020 Winner: Sarah Quincy, Vanderbilt University, for the Best Dissertation in U.S. or Canadian Economic History, for her dissertation “Back to Good Times: The Real Effects of Credit in Great-Depression California, completed at University of California, Davis. (This prize is awarded on behalf of Columbia University Press.)
2019 Winner: Ellora Derenoncourt, Princeton University, for the Best Dissertation in U.S. or Canadian Economic History, for her dissertation “Long-run determinants of US racial inequality: Evidence from the Great Migration and the FLSA”, completed at Harvard University. Advisors: Lawrence Katz and Claudia Goldin (This prize is awarded on behalf of Columbia University Press.)
2018 Winner: Gillian Brunet for her dissertation “Understanding The Effects of Fiscal Policy: Measurement, Mechanisms, and Lessons from History”, completed at the University of California_Berkeley. Advisors: Christina Romer (chair), Barry Eichengreen, Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Noam Yuchtman. (This prize is awarded on behalf of Columbia University Press.)
2017 Winner: Vellore Arthi for her dissertation “Human Capital Formation and the American Dust Bowl”, completed at the University of Oxford. Advisors: James Fenske, Jane Humphries (This prize is awarded on behalf of Columbia University Press.)
2016 Winner: James Feigenbaum for his dissertation “Essays on Intergenerational Mobility and Inequality in Economic History”, completed at the Harvard University.
2015 Winner: Andrew Goodman-Bacon, for his dissertation “Three Essays in Health Policy Evaluation”, completed at the University of Michigan.
Advisor: Martha J. Bailey
2014 Winner: Joshua Lewis, for his dissertation ” The Impact of Technological Change Withing the Home”, completed at the University of Toronto.
Advisors: Dwayne Benjamin, Robert McMillan, Aloysius Siow, and Mark Stabile
2013 Winner: Joshua Hausman, for his dissertation “New Deal Policies and Recovery from the Great Depression”, completed at the University of California at Berkeley.
Advisors: Barry Eichengreen, J. Bradford DeLong, Christina Romer, Maurice Obstfeld, and Noam Yuchtman
2012 Winner: Daniel Immerwahr, for his dissertation “The United States, Community Development, and the World, 1935-1965”, completed at the University of California at Berkeley.
Advisors: David Hollinger, Robin Einhorn, and Peter Evans.
2008 Winner: Marco Sunder, Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat Munchen
“Passports and Economic Development: An Anthropometric History of the U.S. Elite in the Nineteenth Century”. Advisors: John Komlos and Claude Hillinger.
2020 Winner: Robin John Charles Adams, Queen’s University Belfast, for the Best Dissertation in non-US or Canadian Economic History, for his dissertation “Shadow of a Taxman: How and by whom was the Republican Government financed in
the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921), completed at the Oxford University
2019 Winner: Yuzuru Kumon, University of Bocconi, for his dissertation “Rich Europe, Poor Asia: How Wealth Inequality, Demography and Crop Risks Explain the Poverty of Pre-Industrial East Asia, 1300-1800″, completed at the University of California_Davis. Advisors: Gregory Clark (chair), Christopher Meissner, Michael Carter, Peter Lindert, and Katherine Eriksson.
2018 Winner: Eric Prawitz for his dissertation “On the Move: Essays on the Economic and Political Development of Sweden”, completed at Stockholm University. Advisors: Jakob Svensson
2017 Winner: Michela Giorcelli for her dissertation “Economic Recovery and the Determinants of Production and Innovation: Evidence from Post-WWII Italy”, completed at Stanford University. Advisors: Ran Abramitzky (chair), Nick Bloom, Pascaline Dupas, and Melanie Morten
2016 Winner: Reka Juhasz for her dissertation “Temporary Protection, Technology Adoption and Economic Development”, completed at London School of Economics. Advisor: Silvana Tenreyro
2015 Winner: Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez for his dissertation “The Illiquidity of Water Markets”, completed at Northwestern University.
Advisors: Joel Mokyr, Joesph Ferrie, Regina Grafe, Robert Porter
2014 Winner: Tyler Beck Goodspeed for his dissertation “Essays in British Financial History”, completed at Harvard University. Advisor: Richard Hornbeck
2013 Winner: Eric Monnet, for his dissertation “French Monetary Policy and Credit Control, 1945-1975”, completed at the Paris School of Economics and EHESS. Supervised by Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur.
2012 Winner: Christian Dippel, for his dissertation “Essays in International Political Economy”, completed at the University of Toronto. Advisors: Dan Trelfer, Gustavo Bobonis, Gilles Duranton, and Dwayne Benjamin.
2011 Winner: Olivier Accominotti, for the dissertation, “Foreign Exchange Reserves, Financial Instability and Contagion: Three Essays on the Great Depression“, completed at Institut Politiques de Paris.
Advisor: Marc Flandreau.
Advisor: Timothy Guinnane.
2009 Winner: Roman Studer, for the dissertation, “Market Integration and Economic Development: A Comparative Study of India and Europe, 1700-1800,” completed at Oxford University. Advisor: Robert Allen.
2008 Winner: Amilcar Eduardo Challu, for the dissertation, “Grain Markets, Food Supply Policies, and Living Standards in late Colonial Mexico” completed at Harvard University. Advisor: John Coatsworth.
2005 Winner: Drew Keeling, for the dissertation, “The Business of Transatlantic Migration between Europe and the USA, 1900-1914,” completed at the University of California, Berkeley.
2001 Winner: Eona Karakacili, for the dissertation, “Peasants, Productivity and Profit in the Open Fields of England: A Study of Economic and Social Development,” completed at the University of Torontounder.
2000 Winner: Aurora Gomez-Galvarriato Freer, for the dissertation, “The Impact of Revolution: Business and Labor in the Mexican Textile Industry, Orizaba, Veracruz, 1900-1930,” completed at Harvard University.
1999 Winner: Chiaki Moriguchi, for the dissertation, “The Evolution of Employment Systems in the United States and Japan, 1900-1960: A Comparative Historical and Institutional Analysis,” completed at Stanford University.
1998 Winner: Hal Hansen, University of Wisconsin, for the dissertation, Caps and Gowns: Historical Reflections on the Institutions that Shaped Learning for Work in Germany and the United States, 1800-1945
Jonathan Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History
The annual Jonathan Hughes Prize is awarded to recognize excellence in teaching economic history. Jonathan Hughes was an outstanding scholar and a committed and influential teacher of economic history. The prize includes a $1,200 cash award. The winner is selected by the EHA Committee on Education and Teaching.
2020 Winner: Anne McCants, MIT
2019 Winner: Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University
2018 Winner: Howard Bodenhorn, Clemson University
2017 Winner: Nicholas Crafts, University of Warwick
2016: Frank Lewis, Queen’s University
2015: Price Fishback, University of Arizona
2014: David Weiman, Barnard College_Columbia University
2013: Stephen Haber: Stanford University.
2012: Eugene White, Professor of Economics, Rutgers University.
2011: Ann Carlos: University of Colorado.
2010: Colleen Callahan: American University
2009: Kenneth Sokoloff, University of California, Los Angeles (awarded posthumously)
2008: Pamela Nickless, University of North Carolina, Asheville
2007: Peter Lindert, University of California, Davis
2006: Kerry Odell, Scripps College
2005: Larry Neal, University of Illinois
2004: Daniel Barbezat, Amherst College
2003: Charles Feinstein, All Souls College, Oxford University
2002: Barry Eichengreen, University of California, Berkeley
2001: Carolyn Tuttle, Lake Forest College
2000: Jeffrey Williamson, Harvard University
1999: Robert Whaples, Wake Forest University
1998: Robert Gallman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1997: Martha Olney, University of California, Berkeley
1996: Henry Gemery, Colby College
1995: William Parker, Yale University
1994: Douglass North, Washington University
2020 Winner: Felipe González, Mounu Prem, and Francisco Urzúa for their article “The Privatization Origins of Political Corporations: Evidence from the Pinochet Regime”, Journal of Economic History, 80(2):417-456, 2020
2019 Winner: Alexander Persaud, University of Richmond, for his article “Escaping Local Risk by Entering Indentureship: Evidence from Nineteenth-Century Indian Migration”, published in the Journal of Economic History 79 (2).
2018 Winner: Mohamed Saleh, Toulouse School of Economics, for his article “On the Road to Heaven: Taxation, Conversion, and the Coptic-Muslim Socioeconomic Gap in Medieval Egypt”, published in the June 2018 issue of the Journal of Economic History.
2017 Winner: Trevon Logan and John Parman for their article “The National Rise in Segregation”, published in the March 2017 issue of the Journal of Economic History.
2016 Winner: Werner Troesken, Brian Beach, Joe Ferrie, and Martin Saavedrawere for their article “Typhoid Fever, Water Quality, and Human Capital Formation.”, published in the March 2016 issue of the Journal of Economic History.
2015 Winner: Price Fishback, University of Arizona, and Valentina Kachanovskaya, University of Arizona, for their article “The Multiplier for the States in the Great Depression.”, published in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of Economic History.
2014 Winners: Martha Bailey, University of Michigan, and Nicolas Duquette, University of Southern California, for their article “How Johnson Fought the War on Poverty: The Politics and Economics of Funding at the
Office of Economic Opportunity”, published in the June 2014 issue of the Journal of Economic History.
2013 Winners: Dan Bogart, UC-Irvine and Latika Chaudhary, Scripps College, for their article “Engines of Growth: The Productivity Advance of Indian Railways, 1874-1912.”, published in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Economic History.
Marlous van Waijenburg, Northwestern and Ewout Frankema, Wageningen University, for their article “Structural Impediments to African Growth? New Evidence from Real Wages in British Africa, 1880-1965.”, published in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of Economic History.
2012 Winner: Nikolaus Wolf, Max-Stephan Schultze, and Hans-Christian Heinemeyer, for their article “On the Economic Consequences of the Peace: Trade and Borders After Versailles”, published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Economic History
2011 Winners: Michael Huberman, University of Montreal, and Christopher Meissner, UC Davis, for “Riding the Wave of Trade: The Rise of Labor Regulation in the Golden Age of Globalization,” which appeared in the September 2010 issue.
2009 Winner: Eric Hilt, Wellesley College, for the article “When did Ownership Separate from Control? Corporate Governance in the Early Nineteenth Century”, which appeared in the September 2008 issue.
2008 Winner: Aldo Musacchio, Harvard Business School, for the article “Can Civil Law Countries get Good Institutions: Lessons from the History of Creditor Rights and Bond Markets in Brazil”, which appeared in the March 2008 issue.
2007 Winner: Tim Leunig, London School of Economics, for the article”‘Time is Money: A Re-assessment of the Passenger Social Savings From Victorian British Railways”, which appeared in the September 2006 issue.
2005 Winners: Oscar Gelderblom and Joost Jonker, for the article, “Completing a Financial Revolution: The Finance of the Dutch East India Trade and the Rise of the Amsterdam Capital Market, 1595-1612,” which appeared in the September 2004 issue.
2003 Winners: Alan L. Olmstead and Paul W. Rhode, University of California Davis and the University of North Carolina, for the article, “Hog-Round Marketing, Seed Quality, and Government Policy: Institutional Change in U.S. Cotton Production, 1920-1960,” which appeared in the June 2003 issue.
2002 Winners: Suleyman Ozmucur and Sevket Pamuk, Bogazici University, for the article, “Real Wages and the Standards of Living in the Ottoman Empire, 1489-1914,” which appeared in the June 2002 issue.
2000 Winner: Gerardo Della Paolera and Alan M. Taylor, “Economic Recovery from the Argentine Great Depression: Institutions, Expectations, and the Change of Macroeconomic Regime,”, which appeared in the September 1999 issue.
1999 Winner: Charles Feinstein, All Souls College, Oxford University, U.K., for “Pessimism Perpetuated: Real Wages and the Standard of Living in Britain during and after the Industrial Revolution,” which appeared in the September 1998 issue.
2019 Winner: Ran Abramitzky for his book “The mystery of the kibbutz: Egalitarian principles in a capitalist world”, Princeton University Press (February 2018)
2017 Winner: Bruce Campbell, Queen’s University_Belfast, for his book, The Great Transition: Climate, Disease and Society in the Late-Medieval World, Cambridge University Press 2016.
2015 Winner: Gregory Clark, University of California_Davis, for his book,The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility, published by Princeton University Press, 2014.
2013 Winner: Regina Grafe, Northwestern University/European University Institute, Florence, for her book titled Distant Tyranny: Markets, Power and Backwardness in Spain, 1650-1800, published by Princeton University Press 2012.
2009 Winner: Jan deVries, University of California at Berkeley, for his book titled The Industrious Revolution: Consumer Behavior and the Household Economy, published by Cambridge University Press, 2008.
2005 Winners: Robert C. Allen, Nuffield College, Oxford University, for his book titled Farm to Factory : A Reinterpretation of the Soviet Industrial Revolution, published by Princeton University Press, 2003;
and Peter Lindert, University of California, Davis for his book titled Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth Since the Eighteenth Century, published by Cambridge University Press, 2004.
and Philip T. Hoffman of the California Institute of Technology, Gilles Postel-Vinay of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal of the University of California at Los Angeles for Priceless Markets: The Political Economy of Credit in Paris, 1660-1870, published by the University of Chicago Press, 2000.
and to Ad M. van der Woude and Jan de Vries for their book titled The First Modern Economy. Both books were published by Cambridge University Press.
Alice Hanson Jones Prize
2020 Winner: Benjamin Sidney Michael Schwantes his book “The Train and the Telegraph: A Revisionist History”, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.
2018 Winner: Leah Platt Boustan Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets published by Princeton University Press and Douglas Irwin Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy published by University of Chicago Press.
2016 Winner: Barry Eichengreen, Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses-of History, Oxford University Press 2015.
2014 Winner: Gavin Wright, Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South (Harvard University Press, 2013)
2006 Winners: B. Zorina Khan, The Democratization of Invention; Patents and Copyrights in American Economic Development, 1790 – 1920. (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Werner Troesken, Water, Race and Disease. (The MIT Press, 2004)
The Lindert-Williamson Prize
2019 Winner: Jared Rubin, Chapman University, for his book “Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not”, New York: Cambridge University Press.
2019 Winner: Peter Lindert, University of California_Davis, and Jeffrey Williamson, Harvard University
2017 Winner: Michael Haines, Colgate University
2020 Winner: Sam Williamson, Measuring Worth
2018 Winner: Jeremy Atack, Vanderbilt University
- 2004: Andrew Shankman, “A New Thing on Earth: Alexander Hamilton, Pro-Manufacturing Republicans, and the Democratization of American Political Economy” in the Journal of the Early Republic, 23 (Fall 2003; and Naomi Lamoreaux, “Rethinking the Transition to Capitalism in the Early American Northeast” in the Journal of American History, 90 (September 2003).
- 2001: Simon Middleton, “‘How it came that the bakers bake no bread’: A Struggle for Trade Privileges in Seventeenth-Century New Amsterdam” in the William and Mary Quarterly, April 2001; and Ann Carlos and Frank Lewis, “Trade, Consumption, and the Native Economy: Lessons from York Factory, Hudson Bay” in the Journal of Economic History, December 2001
- 2000: Robert Martello, “Paul Revere’s Last Ride: The Road to Rolling Copper” in the Journal of the Early Republic, Summer, 2000; and David Cowen, “The First Bank of the United States and the Securities Market Crash of 1792” in the Journal of Economic History, December 2000.