Kennedy School Professor Dani Rodrik Wins Albert O. Hirschman Prize

May 21, 2007

Dani Rodrik, professor of international political economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, has been named the first recipient of the newly instituted Albert O. Hirschman Prize, awarded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

“Professor Rodrik’s work on development economics exemplifies the kind of social science values and engagements evident in Albert Hirschman’s work, as well as the kind of necessary knowledge the Social Science Research Council aims to bring to public affairs,” said Craig Calhoun, SSRC president.

According to the SSRC website, "the Hirschman Prize is awarded annually by the Council to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to international, interdisciplinary social science research, theory, and public communication, in the tradition of Albert Hirschman. A professor at Columbia, Yale, Harvard and for many years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Hirschman pioneered the field of economics and politics in developing countries, particularly Latin American development."

Rodrik will deliver the annual Albert O. Hirschman Prize Lecture at a ceremony in New York City on Nov. 1. The lecture will be published by the SSRC as part of its new Albert O. Hirschman Lecture Series. Rodrik will also receive an award of $10,000.

For more information, see the SSRC web site: http://www.ssrc.org/press/firstprize/

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