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2014 Oliver E. Williamson Prize for Best Article in Law, Economics and Organization


The Editor and Co-Editors of the Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, are pleased to announce the award of the fourth annual Oliver E. Williamson Prize for Best Article in JLEO to Dora L. Costa for her article Leaders: Privilege, Sacrifice, Opportunity, and Personnel Economics in the American Civil War.

The Editors also want to give an honorable mention to the following authors whose paper was part of the Award short-list:

2013 Oliver E. Williamson Prize for Best Article in Law, Economics and Organization


The award of the third annual Oliver E. Williamson Prize for Best Article in JLEO was awarded to Matias Iaryczower, Gabriel Katz, and Sebastian Saiegh for their article
Voting in the Bicameral Congress: Large Majorities as a Signal of Quality.

The Editors also want to recognize the following authors whose paper was part of the Award short-list:

2012 Oliver E. Williamson Prize for Best Article in Law, Economics and Organization


The 2012 Oliver E. Williamson Prize for Best Article award in JLEO went to Bart J. Wilson, Taylor Jaworski, Karl E. Schurter, and Andrew Smyth for their article The Ecological and Civil Mainsprings of Property: An Experimental Economic History of Whalers’ Rules of Capture.

The following papers were part of the Award short-list:

2011 Oliver E. Williamson Prize for Best Article in Law, Economics and Organization


The first annual Oliver E. Williamson Prize for Best Article in JLEO was awarded to Eleonora Patacchini, from Universita di Roma "La Sapienza" and Yves Zenou, from Stockholm University and IFN, for their article, Juvenile Delinquency and Conformism.

The following papers were part of the 2011 Award short-list:

The Journal of Law Economics and Organization Williamson Prize


The Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization Oliver E. Williamson Prize for Best Article annual prize awards $1,500 to the author of the most original and innovative paper accepted for publication in JLEO during the year preceding the award.

All contributors to JLEO are eligible for the award, irrespective of their age. Preference, however, is given to younger scholars. The current Editor, Co-editors, and Members of the Editorial Board of JLEO cannot be considered for the award.

The selection is made by the Editor and Co-Editors. A short-list of three best articles is drawn up by the Editor and Co-Editors of JLEO, from which a winning paper will be chosen. The Editor and Co-Editors may choose not to award the prize and hold it over for a subsequent year if, in their view, the papers submitted do not reach the standards required.