John von Neumann Award

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John von Neumann Award
Awarded forInfluential contributions to research in exact social sciences, effect on research directions of the College.
Presented byRajk László College for Advanced Studies
First awarded1995

The John von Neumann Award (Hungarian: Neumann János-díj), named after John von Neumann, is given annually by the Rajk László College for Advanced Studies in Budapest, to an outstanding scholar in the exact social sciences, whose works have had substantial influence over a long period of time on the studies and intellectual activity of the students of the college. The award was established in 1994 and is given annually. In 2013, separately from the annual prize, Kenneth J. Arrow was given the Honorary John von Neumann Award.

This award differentiates itself from other scientific awards on the basis that it is given by students of economics and various social sciences, decided after a long deliberation process. The students select the nominees and vote for the prize-winner in the Assembly of the College after a review and debate regarding the pre-selected names.

2011 recipient Joshua Angrist was subsequently awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2021.[1]


Source: Rajk László College of Advanced Studies

Year Recipient Institution Nationality
1995 John Harsanyi UC Berkeley  United States
1996 Hal Varian University of Michigan  United States
1997 János Kornai Harvard University; Collegium Budapest  Hungary
1998 Jean Tirole Toulouse School of Economics  France
1999 Oliver E. Williamson[2] UC Berkeley  United States
2001 Avinash K. Dixit Princeton University  India;  United States
2002 Jon Elster Columbia University  Norway
2003 Maurice Obstfeld[3] UC Berkeley  United States
2004 Gary Becker University of Chicago  United States
2005 Glenn Loury[4] Brown University  United States
2006 Matthew Rabin[5] UC Berkeley  United States
2007 Daron Acemoglu[6] MIT  Turkey;  United States
2008 Kevin M. Murphy University of Chicago  United States
2009 Philippe Aghion[7] Harvard University  France
2010 Tim Besley[8] London School of Economics  United Kingdom
2011 Joshua Angrist MIT  United States
2012 Olivier Blanchard MIT  France
2013 Esther Duflo[9] MIT  France;  United States
20131 Kenneth J. Arrow Stanford University  United States
2014 Emmanuel Saez[10] UC Berkeley  France;  United States
2015 Matthew O. Jackson Stanford University  United States
2016 Alvin E. Roth Stanford University  United States
2017 Richard H. Thaler University of Chicago  United States
2018 Dani Rodrik Harvard University  Turkey;  United States
2019 Susan Athey Stanford University  United States
2020 Mariana Mazzucato University College London  Italy;  United States
2021 Matthew Gentzkow Stanford University  United States

1 Received honorary prize.

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  1. ^ Dániel Kiss (11 October 2021). "Három tudósra jutott idén a közgazdasági Nobel-emlékdíj" [Three scholars received the Nobel Prize in Economics this year]. (in Hungarian). INDEX.HU Zrt. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  2. ^ Read, Colin (2015). The corporate financiers : Williams, Modigliani, Miller, Coase, Williamson, Alchian, Demsetz, Jensen and Meckling. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 134. ISBN 9781137341273.
  3. ^ "Berkeley economist appointed to a top IMF post". Berkeley News. 2015-07-20. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  4. ^ "Arena profile: Glenn C. Loury". The Arena. Politico. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Matthew Rabin". Washington State University School of Economic Sciences. Washington State University. Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  6. ^ Bowmaker, Simon W (2012). The art and practice of economics research: lessons from leading minds. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar. p. 2. ISBN 9781849808460.
  7. ^ Aghion, Philippe. "Philippe Aghion CV" (PDF). Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Awards and Grants". LSE STICERD website. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Invitation to the John von Neumann Award Ceremony organized by the Rajk László College of Advanced Studies". Corvinus University of Budapest. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  10. ^ Saez, Emmanuel. "Emmanuel Saez CV" (PDF). Retrieved 17 April 2015.


  • Sen, Syamal K.; Agarwal, Ravi P. (2014). Creators of mathematical and computational sciences. Cham: Springer. p. 399. ISBN 9783319108704.
  • Colin, Read (2012). The Portfolio Theorists. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-230-36230-7.

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