During the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), the world’s largest economist conference with more than 12,000 attendees, IZA traditionally hosts a very popular reception for network members and friends. This year the event in Boston featured a “triple prize ceremony”:
The IZA Young Labor Economist Award, which honors the best published article in a peer-reviewed journal written by young scholars under 40, was given to Brian Kovak (Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University), for his paper on Regional Effects of Trade Reform: What is the Correct Measure of Liberalization?, published in the American Economic Review in 2013. IZA Research Director Corrado Giulietti presented the award that was established in 2006 [see previous winners].
Haoming Liu (National University of Singapore) received the 2015 Kuznets Prize. His paper on “The quality–quantity trade-off: evidence from the relaxation of China’s one-child policy” was selected as the best article published in the Journal of Population Economics in 2014 [read more about the paper]. IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann, who is also editor-in-chief of the journal, awarded the prize. This was the first time the Kuznets Prize was presented during the ASSA meeting.
As the final highlight of the event, Gary S. Fields was awarded the 2014 IZA Prize in Labor Economics for his outstanding contributions on the importance of efficient labor markets to fight poverty and foster economic development in low- and middle-income countries. Worth 50,000 euros, the IZA Prize is regarded as the most prestigious science award in the field. Ira Gang (Rutgers University) delivered the laudatory remarks [read more about the IZA Prize].
Read also the op-ed Working Hard, but Working Poor by Gary Fields, which was published by China’s leading financial and business magazine Caixin, The Japan Times, The Business Times (Singapore) and Frankfurter Rundschau (German version).