Rosenstein-Rodan Prize Submission

—The Institute for Economic Development of the Department of Economics is pleased to announce the Call for 2018 Rosenstein-Rodan Essay submissions in memory of Professor Paul Rosenstein-Rodan.  A prize of $1500 will be awarded to the best research paper in development economics submitted by a graduate student at Boston University.

Any currently enrolled Boston University PhD student who has not been in the graduate program for more than five years may submit. Joint papers by students are eligible, with the prize shared equally; joint papers with faculty or post-doctoral fellows are not eligible. [1] Past winners are NOT eligible.

Subject Matter

Theoretical, empirical or experimental contributions in development economics or in a related field, including but not limited to international economics, growth, political economy, organizational economics, migration, emerging markets, economic geography, network economics, economic history, urban economics or economics of the family are all welcome.


Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of faculty members affiliated with the Institute for Economic Development.

Submission Instructions

The paper, not to exceed 40 pages in length, should present original, analytic research.

The student’s advisor should communicate, in confidence to the committee, a short (approximately 150 word) endorsement and summary of the paper, highlighting its contribution.

Papers and endorsements must be submitted in electronic .pdf format via the form below.

Submissions are due by 5pm on Friday, April 27, 2018.

The winner(s) will be announced in mid-May.

Please send any questions to Eleanor Langdon at the IED:

Faculty Endorsements

Faculty should submit their endorsements here: (Kerberos log-in required.)

[1] Published or forthcoming papers are eligible provided they are researched and written while the student is at BU. A statement to that effect, corroborated by the advisor in the endorsement or by separate e-mail, should be included with the submission in that case.

Submit Your Essay:

Deadline for submission was Friday, April 2018 at 5PM.

For a list of past prize winners, please click here.