David Marsden Best Paper Prize

The David Marsden Best Paper Prize was created in 2022, in commemoration of Professor David Marsden, who founded and coordinated SASE Network G: Labor Markets, Education and Human Resources, and was founding editor of the Socio-Economic Review and many other journals. The $500 prize is funded by the Socio-Economic Review, of which David Marsden was a founding editor, and the German Journal of Human Resources Management, of whose Editorial Board David Marsden was a member.

The prize is awarded to papers that address substantive questions related to the study of labor markets, employment, education and training, industrial and labor relations, and human resource management, reflecting David Marsden’s unique capacity to foster theory-driven research, to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogue, and to encourage an international perspective even when focused on a single national or sectoral case.

To be eligible for consideration, the paper submission should be accepted for the annual conference (all network and mini-conference submissions are eligible, information on submissions here), and not be accepted for publication at the time of conference submission. Winners are expected to attend the award ceremony at the annual conference.

To apply: send your full paper, with your name, email address, and Oxford Abstracts submission ID, to the following email address: marsdenpaperprize2024@gmail.com.

Deadline: March 30th, 2024.

An independent jury of three SASE members decides the award.

Past winners:


The 2022 inaugural David Marsden Best Paper Prize was awarded to “So near and yet so far: a new look at the comparison of the French and British models”, written by Thomas Amossé (CNAM, Lise, CEET), Héloïse Petit (CNAM, Lirsa, CEET), Alex Bryson (University College London), and John Forth (City University London).

The jury also gave an honorable mention to the paper, “The Gendered Institutional Logic of Work and Employment in Korea: The Post-Asian Financial Crisis Institutional Effects on Women Workers,” authored by Francis K. Yoon.


Winner: “Divergent Trajectories: Social Mobility, Education and Job Quality in Chile” by Javier Gonzalez.

Honorable Mention: “Industrial versus artisanal mining: The effects on local labour in Liberia” by Melanie Gräser.