The International Balzan Prize Foundation has awarded CIFAR Advisory Committee Chair Joel Mokyr (Northwestern University) the 2015 Balzan Prize for Economic History.
Mokyr’s research specializes in the economic history of technological change and population change. He has written several books, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has served as an advisor to the CIFAR Institutions, Organizations & Growth program since 1997.
Four Balzan Prizes are awarded annually, but subjects rotate to recognize new and emerging research in important fields of study that may have been overlooked by other international awards. This is the first Balzan Prize awarded for Economic History in 20 years.