Dissertation Awards

Dissertation Awards

Allan Nevins and Alexander Gerschenkron Prizes

The Nevins and Gerschenkron prizes are awarded annually for the best dissertations on North-American and non-North-American topics completed during the previous year. Six finalists, three for each award, are chosen to present dissertation summaries at the Association’s annual meetings each fall. Finalists will receive funds to defray travel expenses and award recipients receive a cash prize.

Scholars submitting a dissertation may not in the same year submit a proposal to the general program that is part of or derived from the dissertation.  On an exception basis, the Association will allow a two-year window following thesis completion for submission.

Allan Nevins Prize in American Economic History

Congratulations to the 2023 Allan Nevins Prize Winner

Hannah Postel, Current Affiliation: Stanford University, PhD Affiliation: Princeton University – Records of Exclusion: Chinese Immigration in Historical Perspective – Committee: Leah Boustan (chair), Beth Lew-Williams, Douglas Massey, Tod Hamilton, and Brandon Stewart.

Allan Nevins Prize Recipients

The Allan Nevins Prize in American Economic History is awarded annually by the Economic History Association on behalf of Columbia University Press for the best dissertation in the United States or Canadian economic history completed during the previous year. The next prize will be awarded at the Economic History Association’s annual meeting. 

Scholars submitting a dissertation for the dissertation and prizes for the 2024 Economic History Association meeting may not submit a proposal for the general program that is part of or derived from the dissertation. 


Those who received their Ph.D. between June 1, 2023 and May 31, 2024 are eligible and invited to submit their dissertation for consideration. 

All candidates for these prizes must be members of the Economic History Association.
Dissertations submitted for consideration must be in English.
Submission of a dissertation implies that candidates are prepared to attend the 2024 meeting.
Presentation of a dissertation summary is required by all finalists.  


To be considered for this prize, completed dissertations must be submitted by email on or before May 31, 2024. 


Dissertations must include a page with the names of the dissertation committee members. The version of the dissertation submitted for consideration for the prize must be the same one that was submitted for the degree. It may not be a later version. Submissions of more than 5MB should prepare to send a download link rather than an attachment.

Please send submissions to:                                                                        Vellore Arthi at

All submissions will be acknowledged by return email.

Notices announcing the selection of finalists will be sent to all candidates by July 15, 2024.

2023 Hannah Postel Stanford University Records of Exclusion: Chinese Immigration in Historical Perspective Princeton University Leah Boustan (chair), Beth Lew-Williams, Douglas Massey, Tod Hamilton, and Brandon Stewart
2022 Jingyi Huang Harvard University and Brandeis University The Impact of Innovation, Regulation, and Market Power on Economic Development: Evidence from the American West University of California, Los Angeles This prize is awarded on behalf of Columbia University Press.
2021 Brian Marien University of Tororonto The Economic Development of Puerto Rico after United States Annexation University of Colorado
2020 Sarah Quincy Vanderbilit University Back to Good Times: The Real Effects of Credit in Great-Depression California University of California, Davis
2019 Ellora Derenoncourt Princeton University Long-run Determinants of US Racial Inequality: Evidence from the Great Migration and the FLSA Harvard University Lawrence Katz and Claudia Goldin
2018 Eric Prawitz On the Move: Essays on the Economic and Political Development of Sweden Stockholm University
2017 Michela Giorcelli Economic Recovery and the Determinants of Production and Innovation: Evidence from Post-WWII Italy Stanford University
2016 Reka Juhasz Temporary Protection, Technology Adoption and Economic Development London School of Economics
2015 Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez The Illiquidity of Water Markets Northwestern University
2014 Tyler Beck Goodspeed Essays in British Financial History Harvard University
2013 Eric Monnet French Monetary Policy and Credit Control, 1945-1975 Paris School of Economics and EHESS
2012 Christian Dippel Essays in International Political Economy University of Toronto
2011 Olivier Accominotti Foreign Exchange Reserves, Financial  Instability and Contagion: Three Essays on the Great Depression Institut Politiques de Paris
2010 James Fenske Property Rights in Rural West Africa: Causes and Consequences Yale University
2009 Roman Studer Market Integration and Economic Development: A Comparative Study of India and Europe, 1700-1800 Oxford University
2008 Amilcar Eduardo Challu Grain Markets, Food Supply Policies, and Living Standards in late Colonial Mexico Harvard University
2007 Steven Nafziger Communal Institutions, Resource Allocation, and Russian Economic Development: 1861-1905 Yale University
2006 Ran Abramitsky The Limits of Equality: An Economics Analysis of the Israeli Kibbutz Northwestern University
2005 Drew Keeling The Business of Transatlantic Migration between Europe and the USA, 1900-1914 University of California, Berkeley
2004 Tracy K. Dennison Economy and Society in Rural Russia: The Serf Estate of Voshchazhnikovo University of Cambridge
2003 Petra Moser Determinants of Innovation: Evidence from Nineteenth-Century World Fairs University of California, Berkeley
2002 Graciela Márquez The Political Economy of Mexican Protectionism, 1868-1911 Harvard University
2001 Eona Karakacili Peasants, Productivity and Profit in the Open Fields of England: A Study of Economic and Social Development University of Torontounder
2000 Aurora Gomez-Galvarriato Freer The Impact of Revolution: Business and Labor in the Mexican Textile Industry, Orizaba, Veracruz, 1900-1930 Harvard University
1999 Chiaki Moriguchi The Evolution of Employment Systems in the United States and Japan, 1900-1960: A Comparative Historical and Institutional Analysis Stanford University
1998 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
1997 Mark Siegler Real Output and Business Cycle Volatility, 1869-1993 University of California at Davis
1996 Steven Herscovici Progress amid Poverty: Economic Opportunity in Antebellum Newburyport University of Chicago
1995 John Majewski Commerce and Community: Internal Improvements in Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1780-1860 University of California at Los Angeles
1994 Dora Costa Health, Income and Retirement: Evidence from Nineteenth Century America University of Chicago
1993 Mary Eschelbach Gregson Strategies for Commercialization: Missouri Agriculture, 1860-1880 University of Illinois
1992 Joseph Ferrie We Are Yankees Now’: The Economic Mobility of Two Thousand Antebellum Immigrants to the USA University of Chicago
1991 Shawn Kantor Property Rights and the Dynamics of Institutional Change: The Closing of the Georgia Open Range, 1870-1900 California Institute of Technology
1990 Robert Whaples The Shortening of the American Work Week Pennsylvania
1989 Lee Craig Farm Output, Productivity and Fertility Decline in the Antebellum Northern United States Indiana University
1989 Adrienne Hood Organization and the Extent of Textile Manufacture in Eighteenth Century Rural Pennsylvania: A Case Study of Chester County University of California at San Diego
1988 David Wheelock The Strategy and Consistency of Federal Reserve Monetary Policy, 1919-1933 University of Illinois
1987 Kenneth Lipartito The Telephone in the South: A Comparative Analysis, 1877-1920 Johns Hopkins University
1986 Carolyn Cooper The Roles of Thomas Blanchard’s Woodworking Inventions in Nineteenth Century Technology Yale University
1985 Donald Hoke Ingenuous Yankees: The Rise of the American System of Manufactures in the Private Sector University of Wisconsin
1984 Mary Schweitzer Contracts and Custom: Economic Policy in Colonial Pennsylvania, 1717-1755 Johns Hopkins
1983 Warren Whatley Institutional Change and Mechanization in the Cotton south: The Tractorization of Cotton Farming Stanford University
1982 Sanford Jacoby The Origins of Internal Labor Markets in American Manufacturing Firms, 1910-1940 University of California at Berkeley
1981 Cathy McHugh The Family Labor System in the Southern Cotton Textile Industry, 1880-1912 Stanford University
1980 Stuart Leslie Charles Kettering, 1876-1958 University of Delaware
1979 David St. Clair Entrepreneurship and the American Automobile Industry University of Utah
1978 Elyce Rotella Women’s Labor Force Participation and Growth of Clerical Employment in the United States, 1870-1930 University of Pennsylvania
1978 Joan Hannon The Immigrant Worker in the Promised Land: Human Capital and Ethnic Discrimination in the Michigan Labor Market, 1888-1891 University of Wisconsin
1977 Pamela Nickless Changing Labor Productivity and Utilization of Native Women Workers in the American Cotton Textile Industry: 1825-1860 Purdue University
1976 Townsend Walker Gold Mountain States: Chinese Migration to the United States, 1848-1882 Stanford University
1975 Alex Field Educational Reform and Manufacturing Development in Mid-Nineteenth Century Massachusetts University of California at Berkeley
1974 Diane Lindstrom Demand, Markets and Eastern Economic Development: Philadelphia, 1815-1840 University of Delaware
1973 Jonathan Pincus A Positive Theory of Tariff Formation as Applied to Nineteenth Century United States Stanford University
1972 Information Not Available
1971 William Whitney The Structure of the American Economy in the Late Nineteenth Century Pennsylvania
Earlier information is not available. If anyone has information about this award in 1972 or in earlier years, we would love to hear from you!