Calvó-Armengol International Prize in Economics
The Calvó-Armengol International Prize was set up to honor the memory of GSE Affiliated Professor and ICREA-UAB Professor Antoni Calvó-Armengol, a beloved member of the GSE community and highly esteemed researcher from Andorra who passed away unexpectedly in 2007 at the age of 37.
About Antoni Calvó-Armengol
Widely regarded as one of the leading theorists of his generation, Toni is well known for his work in social networks and left behind a large body of literature that has had a lasting impact in his field. Some of the highlights include his work on social networks in labor markets, which demonstrates how patterns of employment and wages could be explained when one takes into account the sharing of job information through networks.
About the Prize
The Calvó-Armengol Prize endeavors to become one of the most prestigious prizes recognizing young economists and social scientists. It is awarded every two years to a top researcher in economics or social sciences younger than 40 years old for his or her contribution to the theory and comprehension of the mechanisms of social interaction.
The recipient of the Prize will be the scientific director of a fully funded workshop for young researchers from around the world. The prizewinner will also deliver a lecture on the occasion of the award ceremony in Andorra and an associated "Calvó-Armengol Lecture" in Barcelona. The Prize also includes a cash award of 30,000 euros.
Funding for the Prize
Calvó-Armengol Prize News
Raj Chetty (Harvard) receives 2014 Calvó Prize
Professor Chetty received the Prize in an official ceremony in Andorra. The Prize activities continued in Barcelona with a two-day workshop on "Social Interactions and Public Policy" and the Calvó Prize Lecture, "The Value-Added of Neighborhoods: Neighborhood Effects in Social Mobility."
Roland Fryer (Harvard) receives 2012 Calvó Prize
In addition to the formal prize ceremony in Andorra, Prof. Fryer delivered the Calvó Prize Lecture, “Racial Inequality in the 21st Century: The Declining Significance of Discrimination” and led a workshop on “Advances in Social Economics: Theory and Applications” in Barcelona.
Esther Duflo (MIT) wins first Calvó-Armengol Prize
In June 2010, Esther Duflo accepted the inaugural edition of the Prize in a ceremony in Andorra, where she also organized a scientific workshop on Social Networks. She delivered the first Calvó-Armengol International Prize Lecture, "Gender equality and development," in Barcelona.
Conference: "Social Networks and Peer Effects: Theory and Applications"
This three-day conference in May 2008 was held in memory of Antoni Calvó-Armengol, who had expressed a desire to organize such a conference. [photos]
Inauguration of the Prize
"The launching of the prize is most appropriate in light of the brilliant body of research and the intellectual impact that Toni achieved in such a short amount of time. His legacy will be remembered in a number of ways, not the least by the association of his name to the recognition of the early careers of other researchers of comparable age and caliber."
- Andreu Mas-Colell, founder of the Barcelona GSE,
on the occasion of the Prize inauguration