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Elinor Ostrom Prize

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A prize of £1000 is awarded each year for the best full-length article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics in the preceding calendar year.

Each annual prize competition will be judged by an international committee of experts in the field of institutional research. The award is funded by the Foundation for European Economic Development. Approval to use the Ostrom name has been obtained from the Indiana University Foundation.

For more information including shortlisted articles and prize committee members, visit the JOIE prizes and awards page

2022 Elinor Ostrom Prize - Shortlist Announcement

The shortlist for the Elinor Ostrom prize has been released - check out the full list and enjoy free access to included articles on the prizes and awards page.

The winner will be announced at the Seventh WINIR Conference in September 2022.

2021 Elinor Ostrom Prize - Announcement 

Two articles published in Journal of Institutional Economics (2020) have been awarded the 2021 Elinor Ostrom Prize:

Abigail Devereaux and Linan Peng, “Give Us a Little Social Credit: To Design or To Discover Personal Ratings in the Era of Big Data", JOIE 16(3): 369-387.

David Ciepley, “The Anglo-American Misconception of Stockholders as ‘Owners’ and ‘Members’: Its Origins and Consequences”, JOIE 16(5): 623-642.

The award was announced on 7 August 2021, on Elinor Ostrom's birthday.

Elinor Ostrom Prize - Winner 2020

Congratulations to Elise Brezis and Joël Cariolle for winning the 2020 Ostrom Prize for their article “The revolving door, state connections, & inequality of influence in the financial sector” published in Volume 15, Issue 4 of Journal of Institutional Economics.

Elinor Ostrom Prize - Winners 2019

Robbert Maseland, “Is Colonialism History? The Declining Impact of Colonial Legacies on African Institutional and Economic Development”, JOIE 14(2): 258-287. 

Colin Harris, “Institutional Solutions to Free-Riding in Peer-to-Peer Networks: A Case Study of Online Pirate Communities”, JOIE 14(5): 901-924. 

Elinor Ostrom Prize - Winner 2018

Avner Greif and Joel Mokyr, “Cognitive Rules, Institutions and Economic Growth: Douglass North and Beyond”, JOIE 13(1): 25-52.

Elinor Ostrom Prize - Winner 2017

Agnès Labrousse, “Not By Technique Alone: A Methodological Comparison of Development Analysis with Esther Duflo and Elinor Ostrom”, JOIE 12(2): 277-303.

Elinor Ostrom Prize - Winner 2016

Roger Koppl, Stuart Kauffman, Teppo Felin, and Giuseppe Longo (2015), “Economics for a Creative World", JOIE 11(1): 1-31.

Elinor Ostrom Prize - Winner 2015

Daniel H. Cole, Graham Epstein and Michael McGinnis (2014), “Digging Deeper into Hardin’s Pasture: The Complex Institutional Structure of the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’", JOIE 10(3): 353-369.

Inaugural 2014 Elinor Ostrom Prize - Winner

Fabio Landini, "Institutional Change and Information Production", JOIE 9(3): 257-284.


Journal of Institutional Economics
  • ISSN: 1744-1374 (Print), 1744-1382 (Online)
  • Frequency: 6 issues per year
Institutions are the stuff of social and economic life. The importance of understanding the role of institutions in economic growth is now widely appreciated. The Journal of Institutional Economics is devoted to the study of the nature, role and evolution of institutions in the economy, including firms, states, markets, money, households and other vital institutions and organisations. It welcomes contributions by all disciplines and schools of thought that can contribute to our understanding of the features, development and functions of real world economic institutions and organisations.

The Journal of Institutional Economics is a multi-disciplinary journal that is of interest to all academics working in the social sciences, management and law. Contributions from politics, sociology, geography, history, anthropology, psychology, law and philosophy are welcomed. The Journal of Institutional Economics aims to provide all authors with an expert verdict on their articles within fifty days of submission.