2023 SER Best Article Prize

Socio-Economic Review Best Article Prize

The SER Best Article Prize committee is delighted to announce that the winning paper is “Gender identity and wives’ labor market outcomes in West and East Germany between 1983 and 2016” (Socio-Economic Review 20(1): 257–279), by Maximilian SprengholzAnna Wieber, and Elke Holst.

The committee decision text reads: 

We found the pool of articles to be of very high quality, but converged upon Sprengholz, Wieber, and Holst, “Gender identity and wives’ labor market outcomes in West and East Germany between 1983 and 2016”, as an outstanding article. The article was a study of the interplay between social norms and institutions over time. The topic was extremely intriguing, the methods used were innovative and rigorous, and the implications of the research were extremely relevant. Thus, it advanced research on three fronts simultaneously: substantively, theoretically, and methodologically.

The SER Best Article Prize committee (Emily Erikson [chair], Ying Chen, and Emmanuele Pavolini) considered all refereed articles from Volume 19 of Socio-Economic Review, including symposia papers, but not state of the art, discussion or review forum papers.  The committee looked for papers that: 1) address substantive questions and issues that have far-reaching implications and are of interest to a broad range of SER scholars; 2) clearly and effectively engage prior theory and research; 3) use state-of-the-art research methods to analyze new or existing data sets in ways that either bring important new phenomena to light or substantially revise existing understanding of socio-economic facts, trends, or relationships; 4) display theoretical and/or conceptual innovation; and 5) are written with clarity and fluidity.

The Committee congratulates the authors on their stellar achievement, and extends its thanks to all authors involved in producing such an impressive 20th volume of SER.


SER Best Article Prize Shortlist

Leo Ahrens, Unfair inequality and the demand for redistribution: why not all inequality is equal, Socio-Economic Review, Volume 20, Issue 2, April 2022, Pages 463–487, https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwaa051

Timur Ergen, Sebastian Kohl, Rival views of economic competition, Socio-Economic Review, Volume 20, Issue 3, July 2022, Pages 937–965, https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwaa041

Adam Goldstein, Ziyao Tian, Financialization and income generation in the 21st century: rise of the petit rentier class?, Socio-Economic Review, Volume 20, Issue 4, October 2022, Pages 1567–1595, https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwaa038

Sophia Schmitz, C Katharina Spiess, The intergenerational transmission of gender norms—why and how adolescent males with working mothers matter for female labour market outcomes, Socio-Economic Review, Volume 20, Issue 1, January 2022, Pages 281–322, https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwab023

André Walter, The social origins of Christian democracy: rural–urban migration, interest group preemption, and the rise of the Catholic workers’ movement, Socio-Economic Review, Volume 20, Issue 2, April 2022, Pages 687–710, https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwaa014

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