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.

Year Winner Paper Committee
2018 Quentin Lippmann Is Incumbency a Barrier to Women’s Entry in Politics? Axel Dreher, Vincenzo Galasso, Francisco Veiga
2017  Matteo Alpino On the Electoral Effectiveness of Pre-election Policy Promises Toke Aidt, Axel Dreher, Paola Profeta
2016 Mariana Lopes da Fonseca Candid Lame Ducks Toke Aidt, Axel Dreher, Jan Fidrmuc
2015 Andreu Arenas Jal The Ban of Batasuna: Effects on Local Government Spending Toke Aidt, Martin Gassebner, Pierre-Guillaume Méon
2014 Wolf Heinrich Reuter National 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
2013 Luca Repetto Sending 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.
2011 Monika Turyna Campaign Finance Regulations and Policy Convergence: The
Role of Interest Groups and Valence (published as: European Journal of Political Economy 33: 1-19)
2010 Alexander Libman Words or Deeds – What Matters? Experience of Decentralization in Russian Security Agencies
(published as: Empirical Economics, 49, 3: 801-838)
Lars Feld, Ronald Wintrobe
2009 Jan-Emmanuel De Neve Endogenous Preferences: The Political Consequences of Economic Institutions Fabio Padovano, Martin Paldam, Friedrich Schneider
2008 Michael Herrmann Estimating uncertainty in strategic voting (published as: Public Choice 151: 62-90) Bruno Frey
2007 Cameron A. Shelton The Information Content of Elections and Varieties of the Partisan Political Business Cycle (publiched as: Public Choice 150, 1-2: 209-240) Vani Borooah, Douglas Hibbs, Dennis Mueller
2006 Mogens Kamp Justesen The 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
2005 Dorothee Schmidt
2004 Roland Hodler The Curse of Natural Resources in Fractionalized Countries (published as: European Economic Review 50, 6: 1367-1386) Lars Feld, Jakob de Haan, Bengt-Arne Wickström,
2003 Klarita Gërxani Jakob de Haan
2002 Fabrizio Erbetta



Jan Schnellenbach

Does the run-up of privatization work as an effective incentive mechanism? Preliminary findings from a sample of Italian firms

Tax Morale and the Legitimacy of Economic Policy (published as: Constitutional Political Economy 17: 115-130)

Mario Ferrero, Martin Paldam
2001 Lisa Chauvet




Henrik Jordahl

Socio-political instability and the allocation of international aid by donors (published as: European Journal of Political Economy 19, 1: 33-59)

An Economic Analysis of Voting in Sweden
(published as: Public Choice 127, 3-4: 251-265)

Arthur Schram, Vani Borooah, Douglas Hibbs, Martin Paldam
2000 Philipp Maier and Erik Leertouwer Who Creates Political Business Cycles: Should Central Banks Be Blamed? (published as: European Journal of Political Economy 17, 3: 445-463) Arthur Schram
1999 Toke Aidt Strategic Political Participation and Redistribution
(published as: Economics & Politics 14, 1: 19-40)
1998 Clemens Fuest The Political Economy of Tax Coordination as a Bargaining Game between Bureaucrats and Politicians?
(published as: Public Choice 103, 3-4: 357-382)
1997 Martin Kolmar
1996 Lars Feld Exit, 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 Peters Voting Power after the Enlargement and Options for Decision Making in the European Union
1993 Tobias Ursprung