Wicksell Prize Awarded at EPCS Meeting at CEU

April 23, 2017

“Can politicians gain votes by means of economic policy promises made during an election campaign?” That’s the question that Matteo Alpino posed in his Wicksell Prize-winning paper. Matteo Alpino is a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization, and Performance at the University of Oslo.

The announcement of the prize was made during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the European Public Choice Society (EPCS) that took place at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary on April 19-22, 2017. Alpino’s winning paper was one of almost 220 papers presented during the four-day meeting that brought 240 scholars from 32 countries to CEU.

During his remarks announcing Alpino's selection for this distinguished award, EPCS President and Wicksell Prize Committee member Axel Dreher commented that Alpino's paper stands out in particular with respect to its rigor in identifying the causal effect of one specific campaign promise on the election outcome.

The Wicksell Prize is named in honor of Swedish economist Jonan Gustaf Knut Wicksell (1851-1926) and sponsored by the European Journal of Political Economy. It is awarded to the best paper presented at the EPCS annual meeting by an author younger than 30 years of age.