Joseph Dorfman Best Dissertation Prize

In 1990 the Society established an annual prize for the best dissertation in the history of economics. Beside the honor, there is a stipend of $500 plus travel expenses up to $500 to attend the presentation at the Society’s annual conference.
In 1992 the family of Joseph Dorfman, historian of economic thought and Distinguished Fellow of the Society, endowed a permanent fund for the award, which is now the Joseph Dorfman Best Dissertation Prize.

The selection committee considers only nominated dissertations. All dissertations in the history of economic thought and methodology in English completed during the previous two academic years (September to August) are eligible.


Award Recipients

2016 Gerardo Serra “From Scattered Data to Ideological Education: Economics, Statistics and the State in Ghana, 1948-1966”
 Leigh Gardner and

Mary Morgan
(London School of Economics)

2015 Manuela Fernandez Pinto “Learning from Ignorance: Agnotology’s Challenge to Philosophy of Science” Janet A Kourany
(University of Notre Dame)
2014 Catherine Herfeld “The Many Faces of Rational Choice Theory” Chrysostomos Mantzavinos
(Witten/Herdecke University)
2013 François Allisson “Value and Prices in Russian Economic Thought (1890-1920)” Pascal Bridel

(Université de
2012 Alla Semenova “The origins of money: Evaluating chartalist and metallist theories in the context of ancient Greece and Mesopotamia” L. Randall Wray

(University of Missouri-Kansas City)
2011 Maria Teresa Tomas Rangil “The role of self-interest and rationality in the explanation of international and civil wars, 1942-2005” Philipe Fontaine
(Université de Paris X)
2010 Angus Robinson Burgin    
2009 None    
2008 Huei-Chun Su “Economic Justice and Liberty: The Social Philosophy in John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism” John Maloney (University of Exeter)
2007 Tiago Mata “Dissent in Economics: Making Radical Political Economics and Post Keynesian Economics, 1960-1980” Mary Morgan
(London School of Economics)
2006 Cristel Anne de Rouvray “Economists Writing History: American and French Experience in the mid-20th Century” Mary Morgan
(London School of Economics)
2005 Kyu Sang Lee “Rationality, minds and machines in the laboratory: A thematic history of Vernon Smith’s experimental economics” Phil Mirowski
(University of Notre Dame)
2004 Thomas A. Stapleford “The Single Most Important Statistic: The Consumer Price Index and American Political Economy, 1880-1955” Anne Harrington
(Harvard University)
2003 Farid El-Husseini “Interspatial Price Equilibrium and the Incidence of Tariffs: The Development of the Cournot-Cunynghame-Pigou Approach to the Partial Equilibrium Analysis of International Trade” Anthony Brewer
(University of Bristol)
2002 Nicola Giocoli “Equilibrium and Rationality in Economics: From the Years of ‘High Theory’ to the Foundations of Modern Game Theory” Marco Dardi
(University of Florence)
2001 Bert Mosselmans “From Classical to Neoclassical: The Economic Thought of William Stanley Jevons (1835 – 1882) and Its Relation to his Ethics, Logic and Aesthetics”
Related to HES List Guest Editorial
Dirk Frantzen
(Brussels, VUB)
2000 Matthias Klaes “The Emergence of Transaction Costs in Economics: A Conceptual History” Martin Kusch and David Bloor
1999 Timothy Davis “David Ricardo’s Macroeconomics” HES List Guest Editorial Samuel Hollander
1998 Thomas C. Leonard “The Reason of Rules in the Intellectual Economy: The Economics of Science and the Science of Economics” abstract Arjo Klamer
(George Washington)
1997 Daniele Besomi “The Making of Harrod’s Dynamics” John Presley
1996 Jeff Lipkes “Politics, Religion, and the Fate of Classical Political Economy: John Stuart Mill and His Followers, 1860-1875” Harold James
1995 Esther-Mirjam Sent “Resisting Sargent” Kenneth Arrow
1994 Emeil F. Wubben “Markets, Uncertainty, and Decision Making: A History of the Introduction of Uncertainty into Economics” J.H.P. Paelink
993 John Vint “The Wages Fund Doctrine: A Lakatosian Analysis” Vivienne Brown
1992 Ross B. Emmett “‘The Economist as Philosopher’: Frank H. Knight and American Social Science During the Twenties and Thirties” A.M.C. Waterman
1991 Sandra Peart “The Applied Economics of William Stanley Jevons, Including Some Comparisons with John Stuart Mill” Samuel Hollander
1990 W. D. Sockwell “Contributions of Henry Brougham and William Ellis to Classical Political Economy” William O. Thweatt