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Yrjö Jahnsson Award

In 1993 the Finnish Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation established a biennial award, called the Yrjö Jahnsson prize, for a European economist under 45 years old who has made a contribution in theoretical and applied research that is significant to economics in Europe. The first award was presented at the 1993 Helsinki Congress. The winner of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award receives €18 000 from the Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation.

In 2010, the EEA and the Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation decided to change the selection procedure. The selection committee, composed of five members, since 2010, proposes one (or two candidates) for the award to the EEA Executive Committee. The selection committee also informs the EEA Executive Committee of how the decision was reached, the motivation for the nominated candidates, as well as a list of any other candidates that were considered during the last stages of the process as potential winners of the award. The EEA Executive Committee and the Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation then endorse the proposal of award winner(s). If for some reason the proposed winner is not endorsed, the EEA Executive Committee asks the selection committee to reconsider its proposal. The winner is no longer announced at the annual EEA congress (although he/she is presented with award here), but immediately after the endorsement. The announcement is posted on EEA and Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation websites  

The 2013 Yrjö Jahnsson Award

The EEA is delighted to announce that 2013 Award Committee has decided to award TWO deserving economists with this prize for 2013 - Thomas Piketty, Paris School of Economics, and Hélène Rey, London Business School.

Thomas Piketty has been awarded for his original contributions to public economics, specifically the study of inequality and mobility. His work which looks at long-run changes in inequality using data from tax records has uncovered important facts and provoked new debates which are influencing academic and policy discussions.  

Hélène Rey has been awarded for her original contributions to international finance, especially the determination of exchange rates and international capital flows. She has worked on and made significant progress in studying many of the big questions in international finance that have been pre-occupying economists and policy-makers.  

The EEA is pleased to be rewarding such talented individuals and the Association warmly congratulates the winners.

Hélène and Thomas were presented with their Award during the annual EEA Congress held in Gothenburg, Sweden.

2013 Yrjö Jahnsson Committee - Timothy Besley (Chair), Mathias Dewatripont, Rachel Griffith, Juuso Välimäki and Fabrizio Zilibotti.

Please click here for a list of past recipients. 

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