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The Rybczynski Prize 2012
Entry for the 2012 Rybzcynski prize is now closed.
This prestigious award is given to the year's best piece of writing on an issue of importance to business economists. It offers the opportunity to see your work gain a higher profile among professional colleagues - and, of course, to win the £3000 prize so generously sponsored by KPMG.
The annual Prize was instituted in 2000 in memory of the late Tad Rybzcynski, an eminent economist and former Chairman of the Society.
They may be written especially for the competition or have been published during the course of 2012. The judges will be looking for around 3000 well- written words on an important real world economic issue meriting wide attention among business economists. Full Terms and Conditions for entry can be seen below.
The Prize of £3000 and the Winner's Certificate will be presented by the President of the SBE at the Society's Annual Dinner, and the winning entry will be published in the Society's Journal.
Winner of the 2011 Rybczynski Prize
Lord Burns presented this year's Rybczynski Prize for the best piece of business economics writing in 2011 to Samuel Tombs from Capital Economics. Samuel won the £3,000 prize for his essay, New rules for monetary policy? Interest rates before and after the Great Recession. Our congratulations to Samuel, whose essay will be published in the next edition of the Society's journal, The Business Economist.
Lord Burns, Samuel Tombs
Winner of the 2010 Rybczynski Prize
Dave Ramsden, our new Vice President, presented this year's Rybczynski Prize for the best piece of business economics writing in 2010. Our congratulations go to George Buckley from Deutsche Bank, whose prize-winning essay, 'Spare a thought for spare capacity', will be published in the next edition of The Business Economist.
Dave Ramsden, George Buckley and Bronwyn Curtis
Winners of the 2009 Rybczynski Prize
Lord Burns, the President of the Society, presented this year's Rybczynski Prize for the best piece of business economics writing in 2009, to three economists from UniCredit Group, Milan; Marco Annunziata, Loredana Federico and Davide Stroppa. Marco, unfortunately, was unable to attend the event, but Davide and Loredana were happily at the dinner and collected their awards to loud applause.
Loredana Federico, Davide Stroppa, Lord Burns and Bronwyn Curtis
This is the second time that Marco and Davide have won this prestigious prize, and our congratulations go to all three winners.
A copy of the winning essay, The unbearable lightness of balance sheets: an analysis for the eurozone corporate sector, will be published in the Society's journal, The Business Economist (the next edition of which will be sent out to members shortly).
Winners of the 2008 Rybczynski Prize
Lord Burns with Ian Bright
Lord Burns presenting the 2008 Rybczynski Prize to the winning entrant, Ian Bright.
Ian won the 2008 Rybczynski Price for his essay "Japanese lessons for an Anglo-Saxon banking crisis", which explored the relevance of Japan's experience in the 1990s to the global markets today.
Our congratulations to Ian, whose essay will be published in the next edition of the Society's journal, The Business Economist.
Winners of the 2007 Rybczynski Prize
The Rybczynski Prize for the best piece of business economics writing in 2007 was awarded to four authors who jointly offered a considered perspective on inflationary prospects. Marco Annunziata, Tullia Bucco, Davide Stroppa and Marco Valli of UniCredit Global Research won this year's price for their essay 'Global Inflation - the Ghost in the Machine?' which explored and modelled the concept of inflation as a global phenomenon.
Lord Burns, with Marco Annunziata, Marco Valli, Davide Stroppa, Tullia Bucco - 2007 Rybczynski Prize winners - and Bronwyn Curtis
Terms and Conditions of Entry
Terms and Conditions of entry for the Rybczynski Prize.
1. The Rybczynski Prize will be £3000, awarded to the author whose entry is judged the best by the Council.
2. The judges will be looking for high quality writing on an important real world economic issue which merits wide attention among business economists. The style of the piece should make it accessible and interesting to an economically literate business audience.
3. The prize will be decided by the SBE Council with assistance from specialist readers where appropriate. The Council’s decision is final. The Council has the right not to award a prize if it judges that no entry is of adequate standard.
4. The winner of the Rybczynski Prize will be published, or republished with accreditation to the original publisher, in the SBE Journal and if feasible placed on the SBE website. A synopsis maybe published in the SBE Newsletter. The SBE reserves the right to publish the short-listed entries at its discretion.
5. We hope to award the prize at the 2013 SBE Annual Dinner. The author(s) of the final short-listed entries will be invited to the dinner as guests of the SBE.
6. Essays must be in English and in typed or printed form (preferably delivered by email, or 4 hard copies). Photocopies will be accepted.
Essays may also be uploaded via the form on the SBE website.
7. 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.
8. The work may already be published or be original. Specially written shortened versions of longer works will be considered solely on their own merits.
9. Entries should not have been published before 1 January 2012, i.e. this is a prize for work written and/or published in 2011.
10. Only one entry per author is accepted. The winner of last year’s Prize will not be eligible this year (but will be in future years).
11. Joint authorship is accepted and the prize will be divided equally.
12. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form.
For submissions by email or hard copy, the entry form can be downloaded here (link to follow).
Entrants that wish to upload their submissions via the website are required to complete the online registration form.
13. Entries must be received by the SBE by 10th December 2012. Entries should be emailed to
or posted to the SBE at Dean House, Vernham Dean, Andover, SP11 0JZ. The SBE will issue a receipt for each entry. This alone will be taken as proof of entry.
14. Copyright. On entering the competition the author(s) must give the SBE non-exclusive publication rights to the article submitted including publication by electronic means. The author(s) must also certify that such publication will not knowingly infringe the copyright of any third party including past or future publishers, or that any third party has agreed to publication by the SBE. The SBE reserves the right to contact any past or future publishers to verify this. When publishing, the SBE will state where the winning article has been or will be published and acknowledge any waiver of copyright by third parties.
15. The Council reserves the right to waive any of the above rules if it deems appropriate.
16. The prize is not open to members of the SBE Council or their close relatives.
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