HES Honors


The Society bestows the honor of "Distinguished Fellow" on those who have contributed a lifetime of study to the history of economics. It also presents annually three awards: the Joseph Dorfman Award for the Best Dissertation in the History of Economics; the Best Article in the History of Economics Award, and the Joseph J. Spengler Award for the Best Book in the History of Economics. Information about these honors and a list of past recipients can be found on the following pages:

Distinguished Fellow of the Society is presented to those individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the study of the history of economics. Nominations from members are welcome and should be suggested to the Nominations Committee.Information about the committee can be found here.

Joseph Dorfman Prize for the Best Dissertation in the History of Economics. The Dorfman Prize Committee considers only nominated doctoral dissertations. All doctoral dissertations in the history of economic thought and methodology accepted during the previous academic year are eligible. Dorfman Prize candidates may not self-nominate. To nominate a dissertation for the Dorfman Prize, please contact the chair of the committee. Information about the committee can be found here.

The Best Article in the History of Economics. Any article in the history of economics or economic thought published in English in the calendar year preceding the next Annual Meeting of the Society is eligible (e.g. calendar year 2008 for Annual Meeting in June 2009). It is recognized however, that despite official publication dates, many publications are shipped after year end. In such cases, relevant articles that are in 'proof' form, with accompanying evidence of the journal and its year of publication, may be accepted at the discretion of the Chair of the committee. The Committee considers all nominated articles as well as all articles published in the Society's journal: Journal for the History of Economic Thought. The committee may not ask editors of journals for their nominations as editors, but editors may nominate in a personal capacity. Nomination of an article by its author is welcome. To nominate an article for the award, please contact the chair of the committee. Information about the committee can be found here.

Joseph J. Spengler Prize for the best book in the history of economics. Original, authored books in the history of economics published, in English, during the two calendar years preceding the HES Meeting at which the award is presented. Scholarly books and monographs are eligible, as are English-language translations of scholarly books in the history of economics, but neither textbooks, doctoral dissertations, nor edited volumes are eligible. Any publisher may nominate one or two books and should submit a nominating note and four copies of the book for each book nominated. Any individual, including a book's author, may submit a nominating note and four copies of the book nominated. Eligible books may be re-nominated in successive years. (Individual nominators may wish to ask the nominee's publisher to supply the copies. Before nominating a book, individuals may wish to check with the HES Secretary, to ensure that the book has not already been nominated). To be considered, nominations (and the four book copies) must be received no later than December 31. Nominations should be submitted to: Avi Cohen, Secretary, History of Economics Society, Department of Economics, York University, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada