The Social Science Research Council will present the 2016 Albert O. Hirschman Prize to Amartya Sen on April 19 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ
Awarded every two years, the Hirschman Prize is the highest honor of the Social Science Research Council. It recognizes excellence in research, theory, and public communication, in the tradition of German-born American economist Albert Hirschman’s pioneering role in social science and public policy. Exploring theory and practice, the history of ideas—economic, social, or political—and innovative approaches to fostering growth, Hirschman saw scholarship both as a tool for social change and as an inherent value in a world in need of better understanding. He wrote in ways that help social science effectively inform public affairs. His work stands as an exemplar of the necessary knowledge that the SSRC seeks to develop and the interdisciplinary and international approach that it champions.
Past recipients include Dani Rodrik, Charles Tilly, Benedict Anderson, and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT. Most recently, the prize was awarded to Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.