The European Economic Association

Birgit Grodal Award

The EEA Council, in its meeting in Glasgow 2010, agreed unanimously to institute a prize to a European-based female economist who has made a significant contribution to the Economics profession. In October 2011, after having spent over 12 months working on the particulars of the award, the EEA President, Christopher Pissarides officially announced the award. 

The award is to be named after Birgit Grodal, who was the first female elected President of the EEA, but sadly passed away before she was due to take up her presidency. The Birgit Grodal Award is bestowed every even year and the first six editions are sponsored by the Danmarks Nationalbank. The winner of the Birgit Grodal Award receives €10 000.

The selection committee, composed of five members, asks all EEA members for nominations. The Committee then discusses the nominations put forward by EEA members and makes a shortlist. In Spring of each year in which the award is given, the Committee proposes one 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 then endorses the proposal of award winner. 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 announced immediately after the endorsement. The announcement is posted on EEA website.

The 2020 Birgit Grodal Award Committee is composed of Rachel Griffith (Chair), Ernst Fehr, Rohini Pande, Helene Rey and Christian Schultz.


The 2020 Birgit Grodal Award Winner

The EEA is delighted to announce that Eliana La Ferrara of Bocconi University, Milan, has won the 2020 Birgit Grodal Award.

The Birgit Grodal prize is awarded to Eliana La Ferrara for her significant contributions in studying the role of trust, norm enforcement and identity in economics. Her work bringing theoretical insights to data in innovative ways to provide robust empirical evidence on these issues. She is an excellent communicator, and has provided important leadership, most recently in terms of creating a thriving European Job Market.

The EEA is pleased to be rewarding such a talented individual and the Association warmly congratulates the winner.


For more information on Eliana's work, please visit here.


Past receipients of this award are:

2012: Hélène Rey

2014: Rachel Griffith

2016: Lucrezia Reichlin

2018: Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

Last update May 03, 2020
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