Joseph J. Spengler Best Book Prize

In 2004 the Society established the Joseph J. Spengler Prize for the best book 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.

Selection Process

Eligibility: 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 Nomination process: 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.

Nominating should be submitted to the Secretary of the HES, Marianne Johnson, at The Secretary will then provide the nominator with the addresses of the members of the judging committee, to whom copies of the nominated book should be sent. To be considered, nominations must be received and book copies supplied to the judging committee members no later than December 31.

Award Recipients

2017 Thomas “Tim” Leonard

Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics and American Economics in the Progressive Era

Princeton University Press, 2016
2016 Till Düppe and E. Roy Weintraub Finding Equilibrium: Arrow, Debreu, McKenzie and the Problem of Scientific Credit Princeton University Press, 2014
2015 none    
2014 Jeremy Adelman Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman Princeton University Press, 2013
2013 Angus Burgin The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets Since the Depression Harvard University Press, 2012
2012 Sophus Reinert Translating Empire: Emulation and the Origins of Political Economy Harvard University Press, 2011
2011 Robert Leonard Von Neumann, Morgenstern, and the Creation of Game Theory: From Chess to Social Science, 1900-1960 Cambridge University Press, 2010
2010 Nahid Aslanbeigui and Guy Oakes The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist Duke University Press, 2009
2009 Steven M. Teles The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement Princeton University Press, 2008
2008 Thomas K. McCraw Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction Harvard University Press, 2007
2007 Istvan Hont Jealousy of Trade: Internatlional Competition and the Nation State Belknap, 2005
2006 Harro Maas William Stanley Jevons and the Making of Modern Economics Cambridge University Press, 2005
2005 E. Roy Weintraub How Economics Became a Mathematical Science Duke University Press, 2002
2004 D. Wade Hands Reflection without Rules:
Economic Methodology and Contemporary Science Theory
Cambridge University Press, 2001