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John von Neumann Award

John von Neumann Award
Awarded for Influential contributions to research in exact social sciences, effect on research directions of the College.
Country Hungary, Budapest
Presented by Rajk László College for Advanced Studies
First awarded 1995
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The John von Neumann Award, named after John von Neumann is given annually by the Rajk László College for Advanced Studies (Budapest, Hungary), 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, decided on whom they rated the highest. The students select the nominees and vote for the prize-winner in the Assembly of the College after a review and debate regarding the selected names.


Award was given until now to the following scholars:

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 UC Berkeley  United States
2001 Avinash K. Dixit Princeton University  India;  United States
2002 Jon Elster Columbia University  Norway
2003 Maurice Obstfeld UC Berkeley  United States
2004 Gary Becker University of Chicago  United States
2005 Glenn Loury Brown University  United States
2006 Matthew Rabin UC Berkeley  United States
2007 Daron Acemoğlu MIT  Turkey
2008 Kevin M. Murphy University of Chicago  United States
2009 Philippe Aghion Harvard University  France
2010 Tim Besley [1] London School of Economics  United Kingdom
2011 Joshua Angrist MIT  United States
2012 Olivier Blanchard MIT  France
2013 Esther Duflo MIT  France;  United States
20131 Kenneth J. Arrow Stanford University  United States
2014 Emmanuel Saez UC Berkeley  France;  United States

1 Received honorary prize.

See also


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External links

  • John von Neumann Award at Rajk László College
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