Kiel Institute presents Excellence Awards


Three young economists based in the United States received this year’s Excellence Awards in Global Economic Affairs from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW). Created to promote young talent, the Excellence Awards are open to researchers and academics up to 35 years of age.

The winners for 2017 are:

  • Treb Allen (Dartmouth College) for his contributions to the field of international trade. In his research, he has in particular analyzed the effect of trade on the spatial structure of the economy, and the role of information frictions in trade.

  • Samuel Bazzi (Boston University) for his research on economic development. In one of his studies he addressed the cross-country relationship between foreign aid receipts and economic growth. He found that aid causes some degree of growth in recipient countries, although the magnitude of this relationship is modest, varies greatly across recipients and diminishes at high levels of aid.
  • Gabriel Zucman (University of California at Berkeley) for his research on global wealth and taxation. In his book ”The Hidden Wealth of Nations” he analyzed the role of tax havens, and proposed ways to reduce  international tax evasion.

f.l.: Samuel Bazzi, Treb Allen, Gabriel Zucman, 
Dennis J. Snower (President Kiel Institute); © IfW, Christina Kloodt

Each of the three winners will be awarded a Research Fellowship at the Kiel Institute funded through separate scholarship programs (Horst Siebert Fellowship, Porsche Fellowship, and Landeshauptstadt Kiel Fellowship). As Research Fellows, the young economists will receive content-related and organizational support from a number of prominent researchers as well as the opportunity to participate in research projects at the Kiel Institute. The aim of the Kiel Institute’s Excellence Awards in Global Economic Affairs is to build an international community of young economic researchers. The Excellence Awards have been presented annually since 2007.

The award ceremony took place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 as part of the program of events for the Global Economy Prize.