Recipients of the George S. Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing

The George S. Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing is awarded annually to the author of the best book on economics that bridges theory and practice. The selection is made by a committee of leading Columbia Business School faculty and a member of the Eccles family. The two primary criteria for selection are academic rigor and layperson accessibility. 

2020 (Current Recipient)

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey

Why Liberalism Works: How True Liberal Values Produce a Freer, More Equal, Prosperous World for All

The greatest challenges facing humankind, according to McCloskey, are poverty and tyranny, both of which hold people back. Arguing for a return to true liberal values, her engaging and accessible book develops, defends, and demonstrates how embracing the ideas first espoused by eighteenth-century philosophers like Locke, Smith, Voltaire, and Wollstonecraft is good for everyone.

Past Recipients

2019
Dani Rodrik
Straight Talk on Trade

2014
Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya
Why Growth Matters

2013
Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
Why Nations Fail

2012
Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger On China

Initial Years

1998
Jagdish Bhagwati
Stream of Windows

1993
Ron Chernow
The Warburgs

1992
Peter Newman, Murray Milldate, and John Eatwell, editors
The New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and Finance

1991
Daniel Yergin
The Prize

1989
Maryann Keller
Rude Awakening: The Rise, Fall, and Struggle for Recovery of General Motors

1988
Benjamin M. Friedman
Day of Reckoning: The Consequences of American Economic Policy Under Ronald Reagan and After

1987
Alfred Malabre
Beyond Our Means: How Reckless Borrowing Now Threatens to Overwhelm Us

1986
Henry Kaufman
Interest Rates, the Markets and the New Financial World