SER Best Article Prize

The SER Best Article Prize committee considers all peer-reviewed papers from the four issues of Socio-Economic Review published in the year preceding the SASE conference, including symposia papers, but not state of the art, discussion, or review forum papers.  The committee looks for papers that: 1) address substantive questions and issues that have far reaching implications and are of interest to a broad range of SER readers; 2) clearly and effectively engage prior theory and research; and 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. The prize comes with an award of $1,000.


To submit a paper for publication in Socio-Economic Review, consult the guidelines for submission.


SER Best Article Prize

Winner: Horn, Alexander, Anthony Kevins and Kees van Kersbergen. 2023. “The Paternalist Politics of Punitive and Enabling Workfare: Evidence from a New Dataset on Workfare Reforms in 16 Countries, 1980–2015.” Socio-Economic Review 21(4):2137-66.

Honorable Mention: Knight, Carly R. 2023. “Classifying the Corporation: The Role of Naturalizing Analogies in American Corporate Development, 1870–1930.” Socio-Economic Review 21(3):1629-55.

Honorable Mention: Reddy, Niall. 2023. “Liberalization, Democratization and the Remaking of the South African Corporate Network 1993–2020.” Socio-Economic Review 21(1):213-42.


Winner: 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.


Winner:Creating Crony Capitalism: Neoliberal Globalization and the Fuelling of Corruption” (Socio-Economic Review 19(2): 607–634), by Bernhard ReinsbergAlexander Kentikelenis, and Thomas Stubbs.


Winner:The Financialization of Policy Preferences: Financial Asset Ownership, Regulation and Crisis Management” (Socio-Economic Review 18(3): 655–680), by Stefano Pagliari, Lauren M. Phillips, and Kevin L. Young


Co-winner:Spatial Mismatch and Youth Unemployment in US Cities: Public Transportation as a Labor Market Institution” (Socio-Economic Review 17(2): 357-379), by Christof Brandtner, Anna Lunn, and Cristobal Young

Co-winner:Permanent Budget Surpluses as a Fiscal Regime” (Socio-Economic Review 17(4): 1043-1063), by Lukas Haffert


Winner: “Opposition to Shareholder Value: Bond Rating Agencies and Conflicting Logics in Corporate Finance” (Socio-Economic Review 16(1): 85–112), by Jacob Apkarian


Winner: “Left without Choice? Economic Ideas, Frame and the Party Politics of Value Added Taxation” (Socio-Economic Review  15(4): 777-796), by Achim Kemmerling

Honorable Mention: Constructing the Rational Actor: Ideological Labor and Science Politics in the Global Food System” (Socio-Economic Review 15(2): 263-281), by Jessica Epstein


Co-winner: “How the Euro Divides the Union: The Effects of Economic Adjustment on Support for Democracy in Europe” (Socio-Economic Review 14(1): 1-26), by Klaus Armingeon, Kai Guthmann, and David Weisstanner

Co-winner: “Making Materiality Matter: A Sociological Analysis of Prices on the Dutch Fiction Book Market, 1980-2009” (Socio-Economic Review 14(2): 363-381), by Thomas Franssen and Olav Velthuis


Winner: “Why Do Firms Financialize? Meso-level Evidence from the US Apparel and Footwear Industry, 1991-2005” (Socio-Economic Review 13(3): 549-573), by Matthew Soener

Honorable Mention:The Role of Engineering Consultancies as Network-Centered Actors to Develop Indigenous, Technical Capacity: The Case of Iran’s Automotive Industry” (Socio-Economic Review 13(4): 747-769), by Darius Bozorg Mehri


Winner: “Forms of Welfare Capitalism and Education-Based Participatory Inequality” (Socio-Economic Review 12(2): 437-462), by Carsten Q. Schneider and Kristin Makszin

Honorable Mention:Brothers’ Keepers: Gift Giving Networks and the Organization of Jewish American Diaspora Nationalism” (Socio-Economic Review 12(3): 463-488), by Dan Lainer-Vos


Winner:Tax Increment Financing, Economic Development Professionals and the Financialization of Urban Politics” (Socio-Economic Review 11(3): 413–40), by Josh Pacewicz

Honorable Mention:Tenuous Link: Labour Market Institutions and Unemployment in Advanced and New Market Economies” (Socio-Economic Review 11(4): 739–769), by Sabina Avdagic and Paola Salardi


Winner:Using Basic Personal Values to Test Theories of Union Memberships” (Socio-Economic Review 10(3): 683-703), by Hasan Kirmanoglu and Cem Baslevent


Winner:Upgrading or Polarization? Occupational Change in Britain, Germany, Spain and Switzerland, 1990- 2008” (Socio-Economic Review 9(3): 503-531, by Daniel Oesch and Jorge Rodriguez Menes


Winner: “The East Asian Welfare State Debate and Surrogate Social Policy: An Exploratory Study on Japan and South Korea” (Socio-Economic Review 8(3): 411–435), by Pil Ho Kim


Winner:Where Do Innovations Come from? Transformations in the US National Innovation System, 1970–2006” (Socio-Economic Review 7(3): 459–483), by Fred Block and Matthew Keller


Winner: Inequality, Public Opinion, and Redistribution” (Socio-Economic Review 6(1): 35–68), by Lane Kenworthy and Leslie McCall


Winner:What’s on the Path? Path Dependence, Organizational Diversity and the Problem of Institutional Change in the US Economy, 1900–1950” (Socio-Economic Review 5(1): 47–80), by Marc Schneiberg