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The Elinor Ostrom Prize Competition

Elinor Ostrom Prize

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A prize of £1000 is awarded each year for the best full-length article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics in the preceding calendar year.

Each annual prize competition will be judged by an international committee of experts in the field of institutional research. The award is funded by the Foundation for European Economic Development. Approval to use the Ostrom name has been obtained from the Indiana University Foundation.


2017 Elinor Ostrom Prize

Shortlisted for the 2017 prize are: 

JOIE Issue 12(1), March 2016

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, “Max U vs. humanomics: a critique of neo-institutionalism

JOIE Issue 12(2), June 2016

Agnès Labrousse, “Not by technique alone. A methodological comparison of development analysis with Esther Duflo and Elinor Ostrom

JOIE Issue 12(4), December 2016 (forthcoming, but all already online)

Viktor Vanberg, “Competitive federalism, government’s dual role, and the power to tax

In addition, the above Labrousse essay won the 2016 Kapp Prize. See http://eaepe.org/


2016 Elinor Ostrom Prize

2016 Elinor Ostrom Prize winner announced at the Third WINIR Conference in Boston, US was Roger Koppl, Stuart Kauffman, Teppo Felin, and Giuseppe Longo (2015), “Economics for a creative world", JOIE 11(1): 1-31.


Shortlisted for the 2016 prize were:

JOIE Issue 11(1), March 2015

Roger Koppl, Stuart Kauffman, Teppo Felin, and Giuseppe Longo, “Economics for a creative world”

JOIE Issue 11(2), June 2015

Ugo Pagano and Massimiliano Vatiero, “Costly institutions as substitutes: Novelty and limits of the Coasian approach”

JOIE Issue 11(3), September 2015

Frank Hindriks and Francesco Guala, “Institutions, rules, and equilibria: A unified theory”

Giovanni Dosi and Luigi Marengo, “The dynamics of organizational structures and performances under diverging distributions of knowledge and different power structures”

Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie, “Garbage in, garbage out? Some micro sources of macro errors”

Access the shortlisted articles here


2015 Elinor Ostrom Prize


The award for the 2015 Elinor Ostrom Prize was made at the WINIR Conference on 12 September 2015 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The winner of the 2015 Elinor Ostrom Prize is:

Daniel H. Cole, Graham Epstein and Michael McGinnis Digging deeper into Hardin’s pasture: The complex institutional structure of the ‘tragedy of the commons’” – JOIE 10(3) Sep 2014.

The jury for the 2015 Elinor Ostrom Prize competition consisted of Bruno Amable, Christopher Coyne, David Dequech, Thrainn Eggertsson, Will Milberg, Ugo Pagano, and Malcolm Rutherford. They selected the best full-length article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics in 2014.

Shortlisted for the 2015 prize were:

  • John Buchanan, Dominic Chai and Simon Deakin, “Empirical analysis of legal institutions and institutional change: multiple-methods approaches and their application to corporate governance research” – JOIE 10(1) Mar 2014
  • Xavier Hollandts and Virgile Chassignon, “Who are the owners of the firm: shareholders, employees or no-one?” – JOIE 10(1) Mar 2014
  • Juha Hiedanpää and Daniel W. Bromley, “Payments for environmental services: Durable habits, dubious nudges, doubtful efficacy” – JOIE 10(2) Jun 2014
  • Daniel H. Cole, Graham Epstein and Michael McGinnis, “Digging Deeper into Hardin’s Pasture: The Complex Institutional Structure of the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’” – JOIE 10(3) Sep 2014
  • Valentin Seidler, “When do institutional transfers work? The relation between institutions, culture and the transplant effect: the case of Bornu in north-eastern Nigeria.” – JOIE 10(3) Sep 2014


Access the shortlisted articles here

2014 Elinor Ostrom Prize

The first Elinor Ostrom Prize 2014 for the best full-length article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics in 2013 was awarded at the conference of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research, in Greenwich, London, UK on 11-14 September 2014.

The 2014 Elinor Ostrom Prize was awarded to Fabio Landini for his article “Institutional change and information production” – JOIE 9(3) Sep 2013

These other articles were shortlisted:

· Richard Grabowski, “The formation of growth coalitions: The role of the rural sector” – JOIE 9(3) Sep 2013

· Francisco Beltrán Tapia, “Enclosing literacy? Common lands and human capital in Spain, 1860-1930” – JOIE 9(4) Dec 2013

· Stefan Voigt, "How (not) to measure institutions" – JOIE 9(1) Mar 2013

Journal of Institutional Economics
  • ISSN: 1744-1374 (Print), 1744-1382 (Online)
  • Frequency: 6 issues per year
Institutions are the stuff of social and economic life. The importance of understanding the role of institutions in economic growth is now widely appreciated. The Journal of Institutional Economics is devoted to the study of the nature, role and evolution of institutions in the economy, including firms, states, markets, money, households and other vital institutions and organisations. It welcomes contributions by all schools of thought that can contribute to our understanding of the features, development and functions of real world economic institutions and organisations.

The Journal of Institutional Economics is an interdisciplinary journal that is of interest to all academics working in the social sciences, particularly in economics and business studies. Contributions from politics, geography, anthropology, sociology and philosophy are also welcomed. The Journal of Institutional Economics aims to provide all authors with an expert verdict on their articles within fifty days of submission.