The Rybczynski Prize

In 2000 the Society inaugurated an annual prize for economics writing in memory of Tadeusz Rybczynski, an eminent economist and former Society Chairman.

The Rybczynski Prize is awarded to the best piece of writing on economics, as judged by the SPE Council (with assistance from specialist readers where appropriate).  The judges look for high-quality submissions on an important real world economic issue which merits wide attention among professional economists. The style of the piece should make it accessible and interesting to an economically literate business audience.

The preferred length is 3000 words with a maximum length of 4000 words. Charts and tables are welcome but extensive use of algebra or footnotes is discouraged. The work may already be published or be original and should not have been published before 1 January 2020 ie. this prize is for work written and/or published between the start of the calendar year 2020 and the closing date (16 August 2021).  Specially written shortened versions of longer works will be considered solely on their own merits.

A prize of £5,000 is kindly offered by KPMG, who are sponsoring the competition, and is awarded at the Society’s Annual Dinner and the author(s) of the final shortlisted entries will be invited to the dinner as guests of the SPE.

To enter the competiton, email your essay to together with the entry form, downloadable from this page. Click below to read the terms and conditions.

The 2020/1 competition is now closed and we are delighted to announce that Henry Curr, Economics Editor, The Economist, was this year’s winner.