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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.

PhD affiliate Florian Blum awarded funding by MIT

Florian Blum, PhD student at the Department of Economics and STICERD, was awarded funding from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to investigate the effect of central price-cap regulation on the quantity and price of service provision within the public services.

The project will also estimate the optimal price-cap that maximises consumer welfare.

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Panos Mavrokonstantis receives prize for paper on Inequality

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-economic Research (formerly CEPS/INSTEAD) has awarded Panos Mavrokonstantis the third prize for "best paper on inequality" for his work "Modern Family: Female Breadwinners and the Intergenerational Transmission of Gender Norms". The prize was awarded to young researchers presenting at 6th meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ) that took place at the University of Luxembourg on July 13-15. 

His paper examins the intergenerational transmission of gender norms in England such as the traditional view that it is the role of the mother to look after young children and the role of the father to be the breadwinner. The study revealed that "while boys raised in modern families (i.e. where the mother is the breadwinner) are less likely to develop traditional norms, girls raised in modern families are actually more likely to do so; in opposition to their family's but in line with society's norm". Using a model of gender identity formation, he shows that the findings can be explained by heterogeneity in preferences for conforming to family norms.

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British Institute of Energy Economics Award
Professor Lord Nicholas Stern awarded the BIEE 10 Year Prize for Outstanding Contribution to British Energy Economics

The British Institute of Energy Economics has awarded a prize for outstanding contribution to British Energy Economics over the last ten years, marking both its thirtieth anniversary and its tenth academic conference, both happening in 2014.

A Prize Committee of energy economists, chaired by Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, received nominations in May. The committee was unanimous in recommending that Professor Lord Stern of Brentford should receive the prize. His 2006 Review of the Economics of Climate Change has been the most influential single piece of energy economics published over the last decade, and had important implications for government policy and company strategies. The report is also firmly grounded in the academic literature and has provoked further research into the questions it addresses. Since the publication of his report, Lord Stern has been a very active advocate of the necessity to take action on climate change.

Receiving the award Lord Stern, who is Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE, said “It’s a tremendous honour to be given this award by the British Institute of Energy Economics. The Institute has played a leading role in public discussion of issues around energy and the economics of energy for a very long time. Indeed I think it has defined in many ways what a serious discussion on those issues should be”.

For further information and for a video of the acceptance speech of Professor Lord Nicholas Stern please visit the British Institute of Energy Economics website.

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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

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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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