Publication Awards

Gyorgy Ranki Biennial Prize

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

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: January 15, 2025

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 15th Ranki Prize will be awarded in September 2025 for a book published in 2023 or 2024.

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.

Committee Chair:

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

Professor Olivier Accominotti
London School of Economics
Dept of Economic History
Houghton Street
United Kingdom

Professor Emerita Carol E. Heim
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department of Economics
Crotty Hall
412 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002-2900

Professor Sheilagh Ogivie                                                                              All Souls College                                                                                        Oxford                                                                                                                OX1 4AL, United Kingdom


Congratulations to the 2023 Gyorgy Ranki Biennial Prize Winner

David Todd, Sciences Po for the book: A Velvet Empire: French Informal Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century

Gyorgy Ranki Biennial Recipients

2023 David Todd Sciences Po A Velvet Empire: French Informal Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century Princeton University Press, 2021
2021 Sheilagh Ogilvie The European Guilds Princeton University Press, 2019
Philip Hoffman, Gilles Postel-Vinay, and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal Dark Matter Credit Princeton University Press, 2019
2019 Ran Abramitzky The Mystery of the Kibbutz: Egalitarian Principles in a Capitalist World Princeton University Press, 2018
2017 Bruce Campbell Queens UniversityBelfastThe Great Transition: Climate, Disease and Society in the Late-Medieval World The Great Transition: Climate, Disease and Society in the Late-Medieval World Cambridge University Press, 2016
2015 Gregory Clark University of California_Davis The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility Princeton University Press, 2014
2013 Regina Grafe Northwestern University/European University Institute, Florence Distant Tyranny: Markets, Power and Backwardness in Spain, 1650-1800 Princeton University Press, 2012
2011 Jane Humphries University of Oxford Childhood and Child Labour in the British Industrial Revolution Cambridge University Press, 2010
2009 Jan deVries University of California at Berkeley The Industrious Revolution: Consumer Behavior and the Household Economy Cambridge University Press, 2008
2007 Avner Greif Stanford University Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy: Lessons from Medieval Trade Cambridge University Press, 2006
2005 Robert C. Allen Nuffield College, Oxford University Farm to Factory : A Reinterpretation of the Soviet Industrial Revolution Princeton University Press, 2003
Peter Lindert University of California, Davis Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth Since the Eighteenth Century Cambridge University Press in 2002
2003 Michael McCormick Origins of the European Economy: Communications and Commerce AD 300-900 Cambridge University Press, 2002
2001 Stephan Epstein London School of Economics Freedom and Growth: Markets and States in Europe, 1300-1750 Routledge, 2000
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 Priceless Markets: The Political Economy of Credit in Paris, 1660-1870 University of Chicago Press, 2000
1999 Sheilagh Ogilvie State Corporatism and Proto-Industry
Ad M. van der Woude and Jan de Vries The First Modern Economy Cambridge University Press