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First Winner of Denis Sargan Prize To be Announced

  • Published Date: 28 March 2014

The winner of the first ever Denis Sargan prize will be announced at the RES Manchester Conference April 7th – April 9th.

This prize is awarded for the best (unsolicited) article published in The Econometrics Journal in a given year by anyone who is within five years of being awarded their doctorate. The winning article was published in The Econometrics Journal during 2012. An honorarium of £1000 is awarded to the winning author. The prize will be presented by Professor Sir Richard Blundell during the Denis Sargan lecture which will take place on Wednesday 9th April 13.30 – 14.45 in University Place Theatre B.

The Denis Sargan Econometrics Prize commemorates the fundamental contributions to and profound influence on econometrics made by (John) Denis Sargan. Denis Sargan, after periods spent at the Universities of Leeds, Minnesota and Chicago, was appointed initially as Reader in Econometrics and then held the Chair of Econometrics at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1963 until 1984. He was Tooke Professor of Economic Science and Statistics from 1982 until his retirement in 1984 and was President of the Econometric Society in 1980. Denis Sargan died in 1996.

Denis Sargan’s research was prescient anticipating many of the themes that now dominate the econometrics literature. His 1964 Colston paper “Wages and prices in the United Kingdom: A study in econometric methodology” introduces the error correction mechanism that underpins much macroeconomic empirical research. Modern concerns with near identification are reflected in Denis Sargan’s Presidential Address to the Econometric Society in 1980 published as “Identification and lack of identification” in Econometrica in 1983. He made a number of seminal and substantive contributions to research on the estimation of linear simultaneous equations and instrumental variables models that also feature centrally in current econometric enquiry. His investigations into exact finite sample properties of econometric estimators and statistics and the development of improved asymptotic approximations to their small sample behaviour reflected his deep concern with the accuracy of econometric inferences.

The winner of The Denis Sargan Prize is chosen by The Econometrics Journal Editorial Board (Managing Editor and Co-Editors). Further details may be found on the Prizes page.

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