2015 FUE-Diversity Prize has been declared vacant

Submissions had to reach the Foundation before June 30, 2015. Since no submission reached the FUE before that date, the selection committee, under the suggestion of the President of the Foundation Urrutia Elejalde, has decided to declare the corresponding prize vacant for this year.

In the 27th of may of this year 2015,the Board of Directors of the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation announced the call for nominations for the sixth edition of the FUE Diversity Research Prize, a prize directed to the enhancement of diversity in quality research by economists working on a variety of fields.

Submissions had to reach the Foundation before June 30, 2015. Since no submission reached the FUE before that date, the selection committee, under the suggestion of the President of the Foundation Urrutia Elejalde, has decided to declare the corresponding prize vacant for this year and to strengthen its efforts to make the submission better known to the different institutions makig ASSET.

Diversity Research Prize: A call for nominations

This prize is directed to the enhancement of diversity in quality research by economists working on a variety of fields. Nominations can be made by any researcher or group of researchers working in an institution belonging to ASSET, and by the candidates themselves, if they wish.

The Board of Directors of the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation has the pleasure of announcing the call for nominations for the sixth edition of the FUE Diversity Research Prize.

This prize is directed to the enhancement of diversity in quality research by economists working on a variety of fields. The first recipient of the prize was Alan Kirman in 2010. The second was Fernando Vega in 2011, the third Ariel Rubinstein in 2012, the fourth Paul Seabright in 2013 and the fifth Joan Esteban in 2014.

Nominations can be made on behalf of any researcher who now or in the past has worked in some of the institutions affiliated with ASSET. Nominations should include the list of publications of the candidate, with a clear indication of the date and journal when and where they appeared indicating, in the case of Economics, the JEL field or fields each publication belongs to. They may (but need not) include a nomination statement referring to the variety and the quality of the candidate’s work in Economics and other fields.

Nominations can be made by any researcher or group of researchers working in an institution belonging to ASSET, and by the candidates themselves, if they wish. Last year’s nominees will be taken into account unless they express their will not to be considered.

Submissions have to reach the Foundation (FUE, Fortuny 37, bajo dcha. 28010, Madrid, Spain) or be sent through our contact form before June 30, 2015.

The method to classify candidates according to the diversity will take into account both the h-index and the number of areas in which the candidate has published as indicated by the web of science. In both cases proper weights will be assigned to the number of papers of quality as reflected by the h-index and to the number of areas in which the researcher has made significant contributions.

The FUE will appoint an ad-hoc Committee of four members chaired by the President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and three other members. Aurelia Modrego, from Universidad Carlos III, will act as Secretary of the Committee. This Committee will choose a unique prize winner among those candidates pre-selected by the President and the Secretary. The decision, not subject to appeal, will be announced by the end of September 2015.

Joan Maria Esteban, Diversity Prize 2014

The FUE-Diversity Prize Committee is happy to announce its decision to award the Fith Diversity Prize to Professor Joan María Esteban.

Joan Maria EstebanJoan Maria Esteban is a prolific and highly creative researcher, who has made path-breaking contributions to economics and the social sciences. A summary of the different fields he has worked on will be sufficient to justify how much he deserves the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation Diversity Prize.

His research embraces a wide variety of topics ranging from regional economics, monetary economics, political economy, or social polarization. His work has been published in top economics journals such as Econometrica, AER, JPE or JET, political science journals such as APSR or Journal of Peace Research, and in Science.

His first works on monetary theory focused on the intergenerational trust necessary to sustain the social acceptability of fiat money. This idea was in line with the argument by Hume that unborn generations could not feel bound by any possible existing social contract.

Jointly with Debraj Ray he has conceptualized the notion of polarization and has axiomatized a measure of that concept. Their notion of polarization has become standard in Economics and Political Science.

Also with Debraj Ray, and lately also with Laura Mayoral, he has made a number of contributions on the determinants of social conflict, with an emphasis on the role of ethnic, non-economic markers.

In cooperation with Jozsef Sákovics, he has developed a theory of bargaining under the threat of conflict. They axiomatize a solution concept where the players, if they fail to agree, are fined according to the payoffs of a given non-cooperative game.

With Massimo Morelli and Dominic Rohner, Joan has studied the determinants of mass killings and genocides and shown that are consistent with rational behavior. They also have empirically tested the implications of the model.

With Matteo Cervellati and Larry Kranich, he has studied the majoritarian taxation that results when individuals are driven by the valuation of their own behavior relative to that of others, according to what their morality identifies as proper behavior. This paper links social psychology with the endogenous formation of individual preferences.

Currently, his work with Gilat Levy and Laura Mayoral deals with the fact that religious or secular attitudes produce a different valuation of a widening of individual liberties, such as divorce, abortion, gay marriage… This differential valuation translates into a different valuation of material rewards and hence of effort. The paper studies the effect of different distributions of religiosity levels on the choice of liberties and of redistribution.

In addition he has coauthored two books on the impact on the Spanish economy of the EU economic and monetary union, one book on the economy policies of general Franco’s dictatorship, and one book on the financing of regional governments in Spain. He also has papers on regional economics, Olson’s group size paradox, lobbying, and inequality measurement.

All of this, in addition to his continued service to the Southern European research community, amply qualifies Joan Maria Esteban to be awarded the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation Diversity Prize.

Fifth Diversity Research Prize

The Board of Directors of the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation has the pleasure of announcing the call for nominations for the fifth edition of the FUE Diversity Research Prize.

premio-diversidadThis prize is directed to the enhancement of diversity in quality research by economists working on a variety of fields. The first recipient of the prize was Alan Kirman in 2010. The second was Fernando Vega in 2011, the third Ariel Rubinstein in 2012 and the fourth Paul Seabright in 2013.

Nominations can be made on behalf of any researcher who now or in the past has worked in some of the institutions affiliated with ASSET. Nominations should include the list of publications of the candidate, with a clear indication of the date and journal when and where they appeared indicating, in the case of Economics, the JEL field or fields each publication belongs to. They may (but need not) include a nomination statement referring to the variety and the quality of the candidate’s work in Economics and other fields.

Nominations can be made by any researcher or group of researchers working in an institution belonging to ASSET, and by the candidates themselves, if they wish. Last year´s nominees will be taken into account unless they express their will not to be considered.

Submissions have to reach the Foundation (FUE, Fortuny 37, sotabanco dcha. 28010, Madrid, Spain) or be sent through our contact form before June 15, 2014.

The method to classify candidates according to the diversity will take into account both the h-index and the number of areas in which the candidate has published as indicated by the web of science. In both cases proper weights will be assigned to the number of papers of quality as reflected by the h-index and to the number of areas in which the researcher has made significant contributions.

The FUE will appoint an ad-hoc Committee of four members chaired by the President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and three other members. Aurelia Modrego, from Universidad Carlos III, will act as Secretary of the Committee. This Committee will choose a unique prize winner among those candidates pre-selected by the President and the Secretary. The decision, not subject to appeal, will be announced by the end of September 2014.

The prize will consist of a sculpture and a substantial direct financial aid for the organization, in connection with the 2015 ASSET meeting, of a special workshop conducted by the winner of the 2014 prize, on subjects reflecting the variety and scope of his or her research interests. The winner, by accepting the prize, will also commit to help organize the meeting. He will be presented the prize during the 2014 ASSET meetings, where the general subject of the special workshop will be announced.

2013 FUE-Diversity Prize

The FUE-Diversity Prize Committee is happy to announce its decision to award the Fourth Diversity Prize to Professor Paul Seabright

paul seabrightProfessor Seabright was chosen as the recipient of the 2013 FUE Diversity Prize to acknowledge the wide range of interests, the broad views and the quality of his research, as well as the variety of his contributions. His work covers many fields from microeconomic theory, industrial organization and competition policy to intellectual property and the digital society as well as development economics,economics and human evolution and the economics of gender.

He is also directly involved in policy work and was a co-author of a report to the European Commission on Bailing out Banks.

In the case of professor Paul Seabright it is also worth mentioning the periodical regular columns in different newspapers where he contributes actively to the economic debate on the effects of economic policy, emphasizing the key role of the effectiveness in the performance of social institutions to achieve better direct forms of cooperation to reduce the fragility of the modern society. This effectiveness ought to be based on an education that enables people to evaluate the performance of the institutions and thus helps them to take rational decisions. He has, for example, examined how the establishment of cooperatives and appropriate levels of punishment are more effective in controlling water theft in arid countries than simple pricing mechanisms.

One of most attractive lines of his current research focuses on economics and human evolution. He shows that the concerns of economics overlap substantially with those of historians, biologists, anthropologists, novelists and other observes of human behavior. He argues in Company of Strangers that humans are unique in their ability to cooperate with members of their species to whom they are not related.

He has not hesitated to take controversial positions arguing for example that in some centrally planned countries the heavy emphasis on investment in physical investments produced long term benefits which more than offset the inefficiencies of the non-market allocation of goods.

One of the main goals of this research line is to explain and understand the paradox that a society whose members are interconnected as never before can nevertheless exclude some of its most vulnerable members.

For all of this, we are proud to announce the concession award of this 4th diversity prize to Paul Seabright.

Fourth Diversity Prize

The Board of Directors of the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation, have the pleasure of announcing the call for nominations for the fourth edition of the FUE Diversity Prize.

This prize is directed to the enhancement of diversity in quality research by economists working on a variety of fields. The first recipient of the prize was Alan Kirman in 2010. The second was Fernando Vega in 2011 and the third Ariel Rubinstein in 2012 Nominations can be made on behalf of any researcher who now or in the past has worked in some of the institutions affiliated with ASSET. Nominations should include the list of publications of the candidate, with a clear indication of the date and journal when and where they appeared indicating, in the case of Economics, the JEL field or fields each publication belongs to.

They may (but need not) include a nomination statement referring to the variety and the quality of the candidate’s work in Economics and other fields.

Nominations can be made by any researcher or group of researchers working in an institution belonging to ASSET, and by the candidates themselves, if they wish. Last years nominees will be taken into account unless they express their will not to be considered.
Submissions have to reach the Foundation (FUE, Fortuny 37, sotabanco dcha. 28010, Madrid, Spain or be sent through our contact form before June 15, 2012.

The method to classify candidates according to the diversity will take into account both the h index and the number of areas in which the candidate has published as indicated by the web of science. In both cases proper weights will be assigned to the number of papers of quality as reflected by the h index and to the number of areas in which the researcher has made significant contributions.
The FUE will appoint an ad-hoc Committee of four members chaired by the President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and three other members. Aurelia Modrego, from Universidad Carlos III, will act as Secretary of the Committee. This Committee will choose a unique prize winner among those candidates pre-selected by the President and the Secretary. The decision, not subject to appeal, will be announced by the end of september 2013.

The prize will consist of a sculpture and a substantial direct financial aid for the organization, in connection with the 2014 ASSET meeting, of a special workshop conducted by the winner of the 2013 prize, on subjects reflecting the variety and scope of his or her research interests. The winner, by accepting the prize, will also commit to help organize the special workshop in the 2014 ASSET meetings.

3rd FUE Diversity Prize: Ariel Rubinstein

The jury of the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation Diversity Prize, composed of Juan Urrutia(Chair), Claude d’Asprémont, Alan Kirman , Salvador Barberà and Aurelia Modrego acting as Secretary, has unanimously agreed to declare Ariel Rubinstein as the winner of the prize’s third edition, for the year 2012.

The jury of the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation Diversity Prize, composed of Juan Urrutia(Chair), Claude d’Asprémont, Alan Kirman , Salvador Barberà and Aurelia Modrego acting as Secretary, has unanimously agreed to declare Ariel Rubinstein as the winner of the prize’s third edition, for the year 2012.

Ariel Rubinstein is widely recognized as one of the leading economists by the profession. More than one hundred publications in economic theory, game theory, social choice, decision theory, behavioural andexperimental economics (and a highly original pioneering work in economics and language) are sufficient arguments for this decision.

But the jury would like to stress, as an example of the very existence of this FUE Diversity Prize, the deeper reasons underlying his quite original way of approaching economics, a way that might be at the origin of his diversity and that can be traced to his candid examination of the puzzles he confronts.

In his own words from his presidential address in Madrid 2004 published two years later the jury want to single out three of his characteristics:

First his identitarian astonishment: What on earth am I doing? What are we trying to accomplish as economic theorists? We get to call ourselves economists and the public naively thinks that we are improving the economy’s performance….Of course, we can justify this image by repeating some of the same fancy sounding slogans we use in our grant proposals, but do we ourselves believe in those slogans?

Second his aloofness over his own profession: Frankly, I respect philosophers, teachers, writers, and nurses more than I do economists.

I do not care about stock markets prices and I’m not sure what “equities” are. I am reluctant to give policy advice to the
government, and I am not happy with the idea that I maybe acting in the interest of fanatic profit maximizers.

Third his concerns as a citizen: However, economic theory has real effects. I cannot ignore the fact that our work as teachers and researchers influences students’ minds and does so in a way with which I am not comfortable. Can we find a way to be relevant without being charlatans?

These remarks give the prize a heavy new weight since after reading them carefully one understands that critical views on theory and diversity of writing cannot be separated. The revision of foundations is the cause and the deep probe of many diverse topics and branches of research is a direct consequence of this revision.

I now would like to add something personal. Ariel has been in the FUE summer school in San Sebastian several times talking about bounded rationality and politics and welfare besides searching for cafes to sit in and think and taking snapashots of burning buses. Next year we hope he will organize a session of this ASSET meeting in Bilbao, also in the basque country. I do not know whether he will find cafes inspiring there but I really think he will not be able to spot a single burning bus.

Third Diversity Prize

The Board of Directors of the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation, have the pleasure of announcing the call for nominations for the third edition of the FUE Diversity Prize.

This prize is directed to the enhancement of diversity in quality research by economists working on a variety of fields. The first recipient of the prize was Alan Kirman in 2010. The second was Fernando Vega in 2011.

Nominations can be made on behalf of any researcher who now or in the past has worked in some of the institutions affiliated with ASSET. Nominations should include the list of publications of the candidate, with a clear indication of the date and journal when and where they appeared indicating, in the case of Economics, the JEL field or fields each publication belongs to. They may (but need not) include a nomination statement referring to the variety and the quality of the candidate’s work in Economics and other fields. Nominations can be made by any researcher or group of researchers working in an institution belonging to ASSET, and by the candidates themselves, if they wish. Last year nominees will be taken into account unless they express their will not to be considered.
Submissions have to reach the Foundation (FUE, Fortuny 37, sotabanco dcha. 28010, Madrid, Spain or be sent through our contact form before June 15, 2012.

The method to classify candidates according to the diversity will take into account both the h index and the number of areas in which the candidate has published as indicated by the web of science. In both cases proper weights will be assigned to the number of papers of quality as reflected by the h index and to the number of areas in which the researcher has made significant contributions.
The FUE will appoint an ad-hoc Committee of four members chaired by the President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and three other members. Aurelia Modrego, from Universidad Carlos III, will act as Secretary of the Committee. This Committee will choose a unique prize winner among those candidates pre-selected by the President and the Secretary. The decision, not subject to appeal, will be announced by the end of september 2012.

The prize will consist of a sculpture and a substantial direct financial aid for the organization, in connection with the 2013 ASSET meeting, of a special workshop conducted by the winner of the 2012 prize, on subjects reflecting the variety and scope of his or her research interests. The winner, by accepting the prize, will also commit to help organize the meeting. He will be presented the prize during the 2012 ASSET meetings, where the general subject of the special workshop will be announced.

2nd FUE Diversity Prize: Fernando Vega Redondo

The jury of the Urrutia Elejalde Diversity Prize has unanimously agreed to propose Fernando Vega Redondo as the winner of the prize’s second edition, for the year 2011.

Fernando Vega RedondoThe jury of the Urrutia Elejalde Diversity Prize, composed of Juan Urrutia (Chair), Claude d’Asprémont, Alan Kirman and Salvador Barberà, has unanimously agreed to propose Fernando Vega Redondo as the winner of the prize’s second edition, for the year 2011.

Fernando has worked in a diversity of fields, notably in public economics, evolutionary game theory, learning, experimental economics and the theory of networks. He has used a variety of tools some of them adopted from other sciences to treat these diverse topics. He has cooperated with scientists from other scientific fields in particular biologists and physicists and has also, himself, made contributions to those fields. Indeed he has published not only in the leading economics journals, but also in salient journals such as Physical Review, the Journal of Theoretical Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, and Science.

This prize is in recognition of the quality of his work and also of his capacity to go beyond the limits of the economics profession, and to connect with a diversity of scientific fields.

2nd FUE Diversity Prize

The Board of Directors of the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation, have the pleasure of announcing the call for nominations for the second edition of the FUE Diversity Prize.

This prize is directed to the enhancement of diversity in quality research by economists working on a variety of fields. The first recipient of the prize was Alan Kirman in 2010. Nominations can be made on behalf of any researcher who now or in the past has worked in some of the institutions affiliated with ASSET. Nominations should include the list of publications of the candidate, with a clear indication of the date and journal when and where they appeared indicating, in the case of Economics, the JEL field or fields each publication belongs to. They may (but need not) include a nomination statement referring to the variety and the quality of the candidate’s work in Economics and other fields. Nominations can be made by any researcher or group of researchers working in an institution belonging to ASSET, and by the candidates themselves, if they wish. Last year nominees will be taken into account unless they express their will not to be considered and provided they update their C.V. to include the abovementioned JEL fields.

Submissions have to reach the Foundation (FUE, Fortuny 37, sotabanco dcha. 28010, Madrid, Spain or juelejalde [at] gmail.com) before June 15, 2011.

The method to classify candidates according to the diversity will take into account both the h index and the number of areas in which the candidate has published as indicated by the web of science. In both cases proper weights will be assigned to the number of papers of quality as reflected by the h index and to the number of areas in which the researcher has made significant contributions.

The FUE will appoint an ad-hoc Committee of four members chaired by the President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and three other members. Aurelia Modrego, from Universidad Carlos III, will act as Secretary of the Committee. This Committee will choose a unique prize winner among those candidates pre-selected by the President and the Secretary. The decision, not subject to appeal, will be announced by the end of september 2011.

The prize will consist of a sculpture and a substantial direct financial aid for the organization, in connection with the 2012 ASSET meeting, of a special workshop conducted by the winner of the 2011 prize, on subjects reflecting the variety and scope of his of her research interests. The winner, by accepting the prize, will also commit to help organize the meeting. He will be presented the prize during the 2011 ASSET meetings, where the general subject of the special workshop will be announced.