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Awards and Grants


See also the STICERD Grants pages for information about funding for LSE STAFF research and the STICERD Visitors' Programme for funding academics, normally from abroad, to visit the LSE.

Austin Robinson Prize awarded to STICERD academic
Johannes Spinnewijn

At this year's Royal Economic Society Annual Conference, held in Manchester 7-9 April 2014, Johannes Spinnewijn won the 2013 prize for his paper Insurance and Perceptions- How to Screen Optimists and Pessimists. Launched in 2007, this annual prize is awarded for the best non-solicited paper published in The Economic Journal by an author who has completed their PhD in the last five years. The winner is selected by the Editors of the EJ. His presentation is now available to view on YouTube.

Oriana Bandiera was the Programme Chair for the 2014 conference, and the main sessions are available at http://live.wavecast.co/res-annual-conference/.


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Banco de Portugal - Lisbon Meeting Best Paper Award for
Oliver Vanden Eynde

Oliver Vanden Eynde, PhD student at EOPP has won the "Banco de Portugal - Lisbon Meeting Best Paper Award" for his paper titled "Targets of violence: Evidence from India's Naxalite Conflict".

This work was presented at the "Lisbon Meeting on Institutions and Political Economy". This is Oliver's second award, after winning the "Economic History Society New Researchers' Prize" for his paper "Military Service and Human Capital Accumulation: Evidence from Colonial Punjab" presented at the "2011 Economic History Society Annual Conference".

You can find more about Oliver's research on his personal website.

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Award to EOPP Associate
Johannes Spinnewijn wins CESifo Affiliate Award

Johannes Spinnewijn has won the Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award during this year's CESifo Annual Area Conferences. Each year, the award is presented to a young economist for the " scientific originality, policy relevance and quality of exposition of their paper presented at the conference." in his or her specialist research area.

Johannes Spinnewijn's winning paper for the Employment and Social Protection Research Area was entitled Unemployed but Optimistic: Optimal Insurance Design with Biased Beliefs

Further information about the award can be found on the CESifo website.


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Award to STICERD Director
John von Neumann Award 2010 given to Prof. Tim Besley

The 2010 John von Neumann Award has been given to Prof. Tim Besley for his research on political institutions by the Rajk László College for Advanced Studies at Corvinus University of Budapest. The award was established in 1995 and is presented annually to leading scholars whose influential works have had a substantial impact on the studies and intellectual activity of the students at the College.

Previous award holders include John Harsanyi (UC Berkeley), Hal Varian (University of Michigan), Janos Kornai (Harvard University and Budapest College), Jean Tirole (University of Toulouse), Oliver Williamson (UC Berkeley) Jon Elster (Columbia University), Avinash K. Dixit (Princeton University), Maurice Obstfeld (UC Berkeley), Gary S. Becker (University of Chicago), Glenn C. Loury (Brown University), Matthew Rabin (UC Berkeley), Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Kevin Murphy (University of Chicago) and Philippe Aghion (Harvard University).

Further information on Prof. Besley's research can be found on Tim Besley's website. For more information on the John von Neumann Award see the Rajk László College for Advanced Studies website.


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LSE Teaching Excellence Award
Justin Kueh

Congratulations to Justin Kueh who received the LSE Teaching Excellence Award in June this year for Microeconomic Principles II (EC202)! Justin won another top prize, with nomination as the best class teacher students had ever encountered, partly for his gifts of explanation and intuition in this mathematically rigorous course partly for his evident dedication and contagious enthusiasm for the material. ("He extends the class material by relating it to current research" and "he makes me work hard for the subject because he is very motivating").

For more information, click here.


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Best Paper Award
Nathan Foley-Fisher

Nathan Foley-Fisher was awarded the "Best Paper in International Finance" award at the RIEF IX Doctoral Meeting in Aix-en-Provence, France for his paper on "The HIPC Initiative and Terms of Trade Shocks".

For more details click here.


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Research Grant Awarded:
Henrik Kleven

Henrik Kleven has been awarded an ESRC Grant for November 2008 - November 2010 for the research project entitled “An Experimental Evaluation of Tax Evasion and Tax Enforcement in Denmark

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Research Grant Awarded:
Gerard Padro

Gerard Padro has been awarded an ESRC First Grant in June 2008 with effect from October 2008 for the research project Strategic Risk, Civil War and Intervention: A Dynamic Global Games Approach.

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Research Grant Awarded:
Oriana Bandiera

Oriana Bandiera has been awarded the British Academy Research Development Award for September 2008‐June 2010


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IZA Award
Oriana Bandiera has been awarded the IZA Young Labour Economist Award 2007

Dr Oriana Bandiera has been awarded the IZA Young Labor Economist Award (2007) during an IZA reception held at the Annual Meetings of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) in New Orleans. The award honors Dr Bandiera along with her co-authors, Iwan Barankay (University of Warwick) and Imran Rasul (University College London), for their joint paper "Social Preferences and the Response to Incentives: Evidence from Personnel Data" (Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2005).

The IZA Young Labor Economist Award is presented to young researchers who have written and published an outstanding paper in labor economics. Nominations for the award are sent by IZA Research Fellows, these are then screened by the IZA Program Directors, who each propose three papers. On the basis of these proposals, the prize-winner(s) are selected.

More information on the award can be found at http://www.iza.org/ylea.


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PSA Award
Sir Nicholas Stern awarded the Political Publication of the Year Award

Sir Nicholas Stern has been awarded the Political Publication of the Year award by the Political Studies Association’s (PSA) for the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by Gordon Brown, UK prime minister, and published in October 2006.This is the first time that the judges have awarded the Political Publication of the Year to a report.

For more details click here.


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EOPP: Research Grant Awarded
Oriana Bandiera

Economic and Social Research Council Research Grant.

Grant awarded from 2007 to 2008

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EOPP: Research Grant Awarded
Oriana Bandiera, Timothy Besley, Robin Burgess and Maitreesh Ghatak (with Paul Collier and Stefan Dercon)

Department for International Development: "Institutions, Growth and Poverty"

Grant awarded from 2007 to 2011

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EOPP: Research Grant Awarded
Robin Burgess

Economic and Social Research Council: "Infrastructure and Development: Evidence from India and East Africa"

Grant awarded from 2007 to 2010


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EOPP: Research Grant Awarded
Robin Burgess and Dave Donaldson

STICERD, LSE Faculty Research Grant: "Railways, Famines and Banks: Evidence from Indian Districts, 1871-2001"

Grant awarded from 2006 to 2008

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STICERD Director Awarded Economics Prize
Professor Timothy Besley awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Prize in economics

Timothy Besley, Professor of Economics and Political Science and Director of STICERD at LSE, has been awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Prize in economics.

The award, established by the Finnish Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation, is granted every second year to a young economist who is a European national or whose primary affiliation is to a European institution, and who has made a contribution in theoretical or applied research significant to economics in Europe.

This selection committee consists of five members, four nominated by the European Economic Association and one by the Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation.

The committee said: 'Professor Besley has produced landmark papers in three research areas: development economics, public economics and political economy. His research spans across topics such as the provision of public goods, poverty alleviation programs, credit cooperatives and financial intermediation in developing countries, land and labour market reform, political economy of regulation.'

'The hallmark of his research is a combination of originality of insights, modelling rigor, careful canvassing of the evidence, and high policy relevance. His outstanding contributions have established him as a leading scholar in public economics and political economy.'

Professor Besley is the third LSE economist to receive the award since it was started in 1993. It was awarded jointly to Professor John Hardman-Moore and Professor Nobu Kiyotaki from LSE's Economics Department in 1999.

A list of past winners is available from the European Economics Association website.

For more details on the award visit the Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation website.

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