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, selected by the Editors of the EJ, is awarded £2000.
The Austin Robinson Prize commemorates the contribution of made by Sir Austin Robinson (1897-1993) to both economics and The Economic Journal . Educated at Cambridge, Robinson became a fellow of Sidney Sussex College. He made a significant contribution to the field of applied economics. In 1942 he acted as Economic Adviser at the War Cabinet, and later worked as adviser to the Board of Trade under Sir Stafford Cripps before returning to his position at Cambridge. Robinson worked tirelessly for the Economic Journal, beginning as Assistant Editor under John Maynard Keynes in 1934. In 1944 he took up the role of Joint Editor alongside Roy Harrod, and a year later became secretary of the Royal Economic Society, positions he held until his retirement in 1970. During his 36 years at the Economic Journal, Robinson proof read approximately 30,000 pages, wrote about 6000 short notes on books, published around 1000 articles and 3000 reviews. Robinson received a knighthood in 1975.
• Alex Cairncross, ‘Austin Robinson’, Economic Journal, 104 (July), 1994, 903-915. JSTOR
• Economic Journal: Essays in Honour of Austin Robinson, 82, No. 325 (Mar), 1972 JSTOR
• List of papers by Sir Austin Robinson held in Cambridge Libraries
Published on May 23, 2016
The 2016 Austin Robinson Memorial Prize was awarded jointly to Pedro Gomes (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and Erick Gong (Middlebury College) at the Royal Economic Society's 2016 Conference.
Here, Professor Gong explains his research on how unexpected HIV test results can lead to people having even riskier sexual behaviour.
Here, Dr Gomes explains his research on how governments should set public sector pay to match changes in the private sector.
Fabian Herweg and Daniel Müller
Price Discrimination in Input Markets: Quantity Discounts and Private Information, üvol.124, issue 577, pages 776-804, June 2014 (available free).
Insurance and Perceptions: How to Screen Optimists and Pessimists, vol.123, issue 569, pages 606-633, June 2013 (available free)
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Central Place Theory and City Size Distribution Volume 122, Issue 563 (available free).
The Long Term Consequences of Resource-Based Specialisation
Vol 121, p31
Government Revenues and Economic Growth in Weakly Institutionalised States
Vol 120, p631
Valuing Air Quality Using the Life Satisfaction Approach
Vol 119, p482
Elias Papaioannou and Gregorios Siourounis
Democratization and Growth
Vol 118, p1520
Market Power in the England and Wales Wholesale Electricity Market 1995-2000
Vol 117, p654
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