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 and coincides with the the Lindert-Williamson Prize.

The 14th Ranki Prize will be awarded in September 2021 for a book published in 2019 or 2020.

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 2020-21, the chair of the committee is:

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.

Other members of the committee include:

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

Professor Amanda Gregg
Middlebury College
24 Hillcrest Rd, Farrell House
MiddleburyVT 05753

Professor Cormac Ó Gráda
44 Whitebeam Road
Dublin 14, IRL

Professor Metin Cosgel
The University of Connecticut
Department of Economics, Unit 1063
Storrs, CT 06269-1063