Wicksell Prize

The Wicksell prize, in honour of the Swedish economist Johan Gustaf Knut Wicksell, is awarded to the best paper by an author younger than 30 years of age.

2024Iker Arregui AlegriaIdentity, Polarization, and Extreme Right Voting: Evidence from Francoist Street NamesZohal Hessami, Jan-Egbert Sturm, Paola Profeta
2023Miguel Alquézar-YusThe Reversal of the Mission: The Influence of Religious Leaders on Sociopolitical AttitudesZohal Hessami, Jan-Egbert Sturm, Paola Profeta
2022Marcel Steffen EckardtThe political economy of automation and task-specific taxesFrancisco Veiga, Jan-Egbert Sturm, Paola Profeta
2021Clemence TricaudBetter Alone? Evidence on the Costs of Intermunicipal CooperationFrancisco Veiga, Jan-Egbert Sturm, Paola Profeta
2020—–The conference was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Wicksell Prize was thus not awarded in 2020.
2019Matthias QuinckhardtThe mechanisms of the alignment bias in a mature Democracy: Evidence from Germany (published as: The value of a party: Local politics and the allocation of intergovernmental transfers, European Journal of Political Economy, 80: 102470)Axel Dreher, Jan-Egbert Sturm, Francisco Veiga
2018Quentin LippmannIs Incumbency a Barrier to Women’s Entry in Politics? (published as: Persistence of incumbents and female access to political positions, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 206: 327-349)Axel Dreher, Vincenzo Galasso, Francisco Veiga
2017Matteo AlpinoOn the Electoral Effectiveness of Pre-election Policy PromisesToke Aidt, Axel Dreher, Paola Profeta
2016Mariana Lopes da FonsecaCandid Lame Ducks (published as: Lame ducks and local fiscal policy: Quasi-experimental evidence from Portugal,
Economic Journal 130 (626), 511–533)
Toke Aidt, Axel Dreher, Jan Fidrmuc
2015Andreu Arenas JalThe Ban of Batasuna: Effects on Local Government Spending (published as: Party bans, deterrence of backlash? Evidence from the Basque Country, Quarterly Journal of Political Science 16 (3), 325-358)Toke Aidt, Martin Gassebner, Pierre-Guillaume Méon
2014Wolf Heinrich ReuterNational Numerical Fiscal Rules: not Complied With, but Still Effective? (published as:  European Journal of Political Economy  39: 67-81)Roger Congleton, Martin Gassebner, Heinrich Ursprung
2013Luca RepettoSending the Pork Home: Birth Town Bias in Transfers to Italian Municipalities (published as: Journal of Public Economics 134: 42-52)Henrik Jordahl, Fabio Padovano, Heinrich Ursprung
2012—– The Wicksell Prize was not awarded at the 2nd World Public Choice meeting in Miami.
2011Monika TurynaCampaign Finance Regulations and Policy Convergence: The Role of Interest Groups and Valence (published as: European Journal of Political Economy 33: 1-19)Fabio Padovano, Lars Feld, Pierre-Guillaume Méon
2010Alexander LibmanWords or Deeds – What Matters? Experience of Decentralization in Russian Security Agencies (published as: Empirical Economics, 49, 3: 801-838)Lars Feld, Ronald Wintrobe
2009Jan-Emmanuel De NeveEndogenous Preferences: The Political Consequences of Economic InstitutionsFabio Padovano, Martin Paldam, Friedrich Schneider
2008Michael HerrmannEstimating uncertainty in strategic voting (published as:  Public Choice  151: 62-90)Bruno Frey
2007Cameron A. SheltonThe Information Content of Elections and Varieties of the Partisan Political Business Cycle (published as:  Public Choice  150, 1-2: 209-240)Vani Borooah, Douglas Hibbs, Dennis Mueller
2006Mogens Kamp JustesenThe Social Choice of EU Treaties: Discrepancies between Voter Preferences and Referenda Outcomes in Denmark (published as: European Union Politics 8, 4: 537-553) Lars Feld
2005Dorothee Schmidt
2004Roland HodlerThe Curse of Natural Resources in Fractionalized Countries (published as:  European Economic Review  50, 6: 1367-1386)Lars Feld, Jakob de Haan, Bengt-Arne Wickström,
2003Klarita GërxhaniTax evasion in transition: Outcome of an institutional clash? (published as: European Economic Review 48(4): 729-745)Jakob de Haan
(Two winners)
Fabrizio ErbettaDoes the run-up of privatization work as an effective incentive mechanism? Preliminary findings from a sample of Italian firmsMario Ferrero, Martin Paldam
Jan SchnellenbachTax Morale and the Legitimacy of Economic Policy (published as:  Constitutional Political Economy  17: 115-130)Mario Ferrero, Martin Paldam
(Two winners)
Lisa ChauvetSocio-political instability and the allocation of international aid by donors (published as:  European Journal of Political Economy  19, 1: 33-59)Arthur Schram, Vani Borooah, Douglas Hibbs, Martin Paldam
Henrik JordahlAn Economic Analysis of Voting in Sweden (published as: Public Choice 127, 3-4: 251-265)Arthur Schram, Vani Borooah, Douglas Hibbs, Martin Paldam
2000Philipp Maier and Erik LeertouwerWho Creates Political Business Cycles: Should Central Banks Be Blamed? (published as:  European Journal of Political Economy  17, 3: 445-463)Arthur Schram
1999Toke AidtStrategic Political Participation and Redistribution (published as: Economics & Politics 14, 1: 19-40)
1998Clemens FuestThe Political Economy of Tax Coordination as a Bargaining Game between Bureaucrats and Politicians? (published as: Public Choice 103, 3-4: 357-382)
1997Martin Kolmar
1996Lars FeldExit, Voice and Income Taxes: The Loyalty of Voters (published as: European Journal of Political Economy 13, 3: 455–478)Vani Borooah, Martin Paldam, Arthur Schram
1995 Torsten PetersVoting Power after the Enlargement and Options for Decision Making in the European Union (published as Aussenwirtschaft 51, 223-244)Jose Casas Pardo, Friedrich Schneider
1993Tobias UrsprungVani Borooah, Giorgio Brosio