2010 Erwin Plein Nemmers Economics Prize Recipient
Congratulations to the 2010 Nemmers Economics Prize winner
Elhanan Helpman, Harvard University
2010 Nemmers Prize in Economics Recipient
For fundamental contributions to the understanding of modern international economics and the effects of political institutions on trade policy and economic growth
Helpman, the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade at Harvard University, has been awarded the ninth Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics "for fundamental contributions to the understanding of modern international economics and the effects of political institutions on trade policy and economic growth." Helpman is highly cited for his scholarship on international trade, economic growth and the political economy of trade policy. He has done research on how the interaction of lobbying groups and politics shape trade policy and on relationships between international trade and the organizations of firms. He is one of the founders of the new trade theory and endogenous growth theory, which both emphasize economies of scale and imperfect competition.
Helpman has spent much of his career in Israel where, he had been a professor at Tel Aviv University and active in policy debates. In 1990, Helpman was awarded the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal by the Indian Econometric Society and, in 1991, the Israel Prize for economics. Helpman received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, both in economics, from Tel Aviv University in 1969 and 1971, respectively, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1974.