The George S. Eccles Prize in Economic Writing

Ben Bernake

Sebastian Mallaby Awarded 2017 Eccles Prize

May 15, 2017

Join us for a candid discussion with Sebastian Mallaby, author of “The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan,” as he receives the 2017 George S. Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing. Mallaby’s book takes the reader through the early years of Greenspan’s life to his more than 30 years leading the Federal Reserve Bank, and past his retirement to the 2008 housing crisis — which many have wondered whether he foresaw. 

On May 15, 2017, Sebastian Mallaby will receive the 2017 George S. Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing. A ceremony, candid discussion, and Q&A session led by Glenn Hubbard, Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics will take place from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Faculty House on Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus.

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George S. Eccles ’22 initially established the prize at the School over 25 years ago to foster interest in and spur public discussion of economic theory, practice, and issues. Between 1986 and 1993, it was awarded annually to esteemed figures such as Henry Kaufman, Maryann Keller, and Paul Krugman, for their works bridging theory and practice. It was given again in 1998, when Bhagwati, then of MIT, was recognized for his book, Stream of Windows (The MIT Press, 1999).

In 2010, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation inaugurated an annual research award in finance and economics for Columbia Business School faculty members and reestablished the prize for economic writing. In 2013, Paul Tetlock, the Roger F. Murray Associate Professor of Finance, was honored for his research on the impact of investors’ collective attention on stock prices. Also in 2013, Professor Daron Acemoglu of MIT and Professor James A. Robinson of Harvard took the Excellence in Economic Writing Award for their book, Why Nations Fail (Crown Business, 2012); Henry Kissinger received the award in 2012 for his book, Henry Kissinger on China (The Penguin Press HC, 2011).