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Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics


In 1994, bequests to Northwestern University from the late Erwin Esser Nemmers, a former member of the Northwestern University faculty, and his brother, the late Frederic E. Nemmers, led to the establishment of four endowed professorships in the Kellogg School of Management, and biennial prizes in economics, mathematics, music composition, medical science and earth sciences. The Nemmers family ran a church music publishing house in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The prize in economics is named in honor of the Nemmers' father.

The Nemmers hoped that their prizes would carry with them the prestige of Nobel prizes. They are designed to recognize work of lasting significance particularly "major contributions to new knowledge or the development of significant new modes of analysis." The Nemmers prize is awarded every two years.

2022 Winner & Events

The 2022 Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics winner is Ariel Pakes.

Ariel Pakes, the Thomas Professor of Economics at Harvard University, is honored for his “fundamental contributions to the development of the field of empirical industrial organization as it is applied to the study of market power, prices, mergers and productivity.”

More on Ariel Pakes

Read the formal announcement and his biographical information.

Professor Pakes' website at Harvard University.

Call for 2024 Nemmers Prize Nominations

Nominations are open until Dec. 31, 2023

Northwestern University is accepting nominations for $300,000 Nemmers Prizes in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, and Economics, to be awarded in 2024. Nominations will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2023. The link to nomination forms can be found HERE.

Previous Nemmers Prize Winners


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Richard BlundellSir Richard Blundell

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Jean TiroleJean Tirole

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Daron Acemoglu

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Elhanan Helpman

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Paul Milgrom

Nobel Laureate 2020

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Lars Peter Hansen

Nobel Laureate 2013

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Ariel Rubinstein

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Edward C. Prescott

Nobel Laureate 2004

Daniel McFadden

Nobel Laureate 2000

Robert Aumann

Nobel Laureate 2005

Thomas Sargent

Nobel Laureate 2011

Peter Diamond

Nobel Laureate 2010