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Past Veblen-Commons Award Recipients

The Veblen-Commons Award is given in recognition of the contributions made by an outstanding scholar in the field of evolutionary institutional economics



Clarence E. Ayres (1969)

Morris A. Copeland (1969)

Ben B. Seligman (1970)

Allan G. Gruchy (1973)

Gardiner C. Means (1974)

Joseph Dorfman (1974)

Gunnar Myrdal (1975)

John K. Galbraith (1976)

Rexford Tugwell (1977)

Corwin D. Edwards (1978)

Adolph Lowe (1979)

J. Fagg Foster (1981)

John C. Gambs (1981)

David B. Hamilton (1982)

Harry M. Trebing (1983)

Wendell C. Gordon (1984)

Kenneth H. Parsons (1985)

Dudley Dillard (1986)

James H. Street (1987)

Marc R. Tool (1988)

Walter C. Neale (1989)

Philip A. Klein (1990)

Wallace C. Peterson (1992)

Ray Marshall (1993)

Robert Heilbroner (1994)

Warren J. Samuels (1995)

Hyman P. Minsky (1996)

Seymour Melman (1997)

Lewis Hill (1998)

Paul Sweezy (1999)

Dan Fusfeld (2000)

Anne Mayhew (2001)

Edythe Miller (2002)

F. Gregory Hayden (2003)

Howard Sherman (2004)

William Dugger (2005)

James Ronald Stanfield (2006)

Richard Nelson (2007)

Rick Tilman (2008)

Paul D. Bush (2009)  

Glen Atkinson (2010)

Geoff C. Harcourt (2011)

Jan Kregel (2011)

Geoffrey M. Hodgson (2012)

Malcolm Rutherford (2013)

Samuel Bowles (2014)

William T. Waller (2015)

Daniel W. Bromley (2016) is Anderson-Bascom Professor (Emeritus) of applied economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also Visiting Professor, Humboldt University-Berlin. Professor Bromley has published extensively on: (1) the institutional foundations of theeconomy; (2) legal and philosophical dimensions of property rights; (3) economics of natural resources and the environment; and (4) economic development. He has been editor of the journal Land Economics since 1974. In 2011 he received the €50,000 Reimar Lüst Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. He is a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and is listed in Who’s Who in Economics. He recently completed a three-year term as Chair of the U. S. Federal Advisory Committee on Marine Protected Areas. He also served on a special committee of the National Academy of Sciences concerning America’s Climate Choices.

He has been a consultant to the Global Environment Facility; the World Bank; the Ford Foundation; the U.S. Agency for International Development; the Asian Development Bank; the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; the Ministry for the Environment in New Zealand; and the Aga Khan Foundation. He has worked and lectured in over 25 countries around the world. Recently he has been an advisor to the Government of National Unity in Sudan on economic recovery in the South and in Darfur. In addition, he has advised the Government of Jordan on institutional reform in the water sector. He recently served as Senior Research Advisor for a team designing and implementing an economic diagnostic to guide economic development strategies in Iraq.

Professor Bromley has written and edited thirteen books, the most recent of which are:

Economic Interests and Institutions: Conceptual Foundations of Public Policy (Blackwell, 1989).

Environment and Economy: Property Rights and Public Policy (Blackwell, 1991).

The Social Response to Environmental Risk (Kluwer, 1992). (with Kathleen Segerson)

Making the Commons Work: Theory, Practice, and Policy (ICS Press, 1992).

The Handbook of Environmental Economics (Blackwell, 1995).

Sustaining Development: Environmental Resources

in Developing Countries (Elgar, 1999).

Economics, Ethics, and Environmental Policy (Blackwell, 2002). (with Jouni Päävola)

Sufficient Reason: Volitional Pragmatism and the Meaning of Economic Institutions (Princeton,


Vulnerable People, Vulnerable States: Redefi

ning the Development Challenge (Routledge, 2012)

(with Glen Anderson)