Journal Prizes

There are four types of prize awarded each year in connection with The Economic Journal and The Econometrics Journal:

RES Prize

Awarded to the best paper published in the Economic Journal in a given year as selected by the RES President, a representative of the Economic Journal Editorial Board and one invited judge from the RES Council.

Austin Robinson Prize

Awarded to the best paper published in the Economic Journal in a given year by an author (or multiple authors) who is within 5 years of receiving his or her (or their) PhD as selected by the Editors of the Economic Journal.

Economic Journal Referee Prizes

Up to 10 prizes awarded each year for referees judged by the Editors to have made an outstanding contribution in this capacity.

The Dennis Sargan Prize

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 Young Economist Essay competition
Up to £3000 of prize money is awarded annually to the winners of this essay competition on topical issues in economics. Entry is limited to those studying A levels or the International Baccalaureate educational programmes.

The RES is sometimes made aware of prizes and competitions offered by other organisations which may be of interest to our members. Contact the RES Administrator ( if you wish to publicise a prize to our members.  

See below for details of current prizes being offered:

Wiley Prize in Economics

The Wiley Prize in Economics, worth £5,000, is awarded annually for achievement in research by an outstanding early career economist. The award is sponsored by publisher Wiley. The Prize was first awarded in 2013.

Eligible nominations can be for research in any field of economics or economic history, provided that the nominee is a UK national or resident, and received their doctorate after 1 January 2010. Nominations may only be made by Heads of Departments of Economics (or equivalent) in UK HE institutions, or by relevant learned societies. Only one nomination per nominating department/society is permitted.

 All nominations must be submitted by 31 January 2016.
 If you would like to submit a nomination for the 2016 Wiley Prize in Economics, please email to request a nomination form.

Institute for Government Essay Competition 2016

The Institute for Government Essay Competition 2016 is now open for entries. This year, we want essays of up to 2,000 words in answer to this question:

If you were made Head of the Civil Service tomorrow, what would your priorities be?

The competition is open to anyone currently studying for a master's or undergraduate degree in any subject at a UK university.

Prizes (for students):

1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £250
3rd Prize: £100.
Prizes (for the university department that the student is studying in):

1st Prize: £1,000
2nd Prize: £750.

Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government
Dr Patrick Diamond, Lecturer in Politics at Queen Mary University of London
Jane Dudman, Editor, Guardian Public Leaders and Housing Networks
Julia Goldsworthy, former Liberal Democrat MP and an advisor to Nick Clegg under the Coalition
Bernadette Kelly, Director General of the Rail Executive

The deadline for entries is midnight on 31 January 2016. We will acknowledge all entries by email. Winners will be announced in March 2016.
For more information – including details on how to enter –go to


The Rybzcynski Prize for Business Economics

The Society of Business Economists has, since 2000, awarded an annual prize for the year's best piece of writing on an issue of importance to business economists. The Rybczynski Prize is awarded in memory of Tad Rybczynski, an eminent economist and long-serving former Chairman of the Society.

The Prize is being offered again this year (2016) and will be £3000.

Essays can be written especially for the competition, or may be work published in the twelve months to March 2016. The judges will be looking for around 3000 – but not more than 4000 – well-written and thought-provoking words. Previous winners have been Roger Bootle, Simon Briscoe, Joanne Collins, Fergus Hicks, Thomas Mayer, Pam Woodall, Kevin Daly, Ian Bright, George Buckley and, last year, Tim Harford at The Financial Times. To have the chance of adding your own name to this list, please contact the SBE secretariat at, or visit the SBE website, for an entry form. The closing date for entries is 31 March 2016.

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