AFEE congratulates the 2024 Veblen-Commons Award Recipient, Clarence Ayres Scholar and James H. Street Scholar!

Veblen-Commons Award

The Veblen-Commons Award is the highest honor given annually by the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE), in recognition of significant contributions to evolutionary institutional economics.

Charles J. Whalen
The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, University at Buffalo


Charles J. Whalen is a research fellow in The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, University at Buffalo. His work is driven by a career-long focus on analyzing economic challenges confronting American workers, identifying policy paths to achieving and sustaining broadly shared prosperity, and highlighting the value of worker engagement in economic decision-making. Inspired by political economists operating at the crossroads of institutional and post-Keynesian economics (a group always a decade or more ahead of the economic mainstream), Whalen’s research advances post-Keynesian institutionalism, with special attention to how the key features of money manager capitalism (such as financialization and a relentless drive for “shareholder value”) fuel the problems of worker insecurity, inequality, and industrial decline.

Whalen, who has benefitted greatly from looking at the economy from different vantage points (working not only in academia, but also as an economic journalist, government economist, and consultant to companies and unions), served as president of the Association for Evolutionary Economics (2018) and edited several collaborative research volumes, including Political Economy for the 21st Century (M.E. Sharpe 1996), Institutional Economics: Perspectives and Methods in Pursuit of a Better World (Routledge, 2022) and A Modern Guide to Post-Keynesian Institutional Economics (Edward Elgar, 2022). His latest book, Reforming Capitalism for the Common Good (Edward Elgar, 2022), contains a collection of essays written over the course of his career. He studied at Cornell University (industrial and labor relations) and The University of Texas at Austin (economics).

Clarence Ayres Scholar

The Clarence E. Ayres Scholar is awarded to an international scholar for outstanding work in the area of institutional economics.


Danielle Guizzo is Associate Professor in Economics Education at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. She holds a PhD in Economics & Public Policy from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil (2016), and previously held positions at the University of the West of England (2016-2020), and the State University of Santa Catarina (2012-2015). Her research expertise lies at the intersection between the history of economics, the political economy of knowledge and education, and pluralism, diversity and inclusivity in economics. Danielle has co-authored a book, entitled What is Heterodox Economics? Conversations with Leading Economists (Routledge, 2019, with Andrew Mearman and Sebastian Berger), as well as published in several field economics journals, including the European Journal of the History of Economic Thought and Review of International Political Economy. Danielle’s recent research projects focus on the impacts of Generative Artificial Intelligence on the economics discipline and academia from a social-institutionalist perspective (drawing from Clarence E. Ayres’s analysis of ceremonialism-instrumentalism), and on mapping alternative economic thinking in South America. Danielle is currently the elected Coordinator of the Association for Heterodox Economics (2022-2024), a co-founder and steering group member of D-Econ: Diversifying and Decolonising Economics, an editorial board member of Journal of Economic Issues.

James H. Street Scholar

The James H. Street Scholar is awarded annually for outstanding scholarship in Latin America in the area of economic development, from an Institutionalist perspective.

Diego Guevara
Deputy Finance Minister of Colombia


Currently I am deputy Finance Minister of Colombia and I am associate professor (on a leave) at National University of Colombia. I hold a M.Sc in economics and Ph.D in economics. My main research is about financialisation for emerging economies, specially in Latin America, financialisation in the history of economic thought and also I have taught and research heterodox macroeconomics and stock flow consistent modeling. I also feel a deep passion for teaching. I was editor of Cuadernos de Economía Journal , one of the main economics journal of Colombia and South America which is indexed in scopus database. I also use to be columnist about regional economics Issues in “ El Espectador”, one of the main Colombian newspapers. I have more than 5 years of teaching experience and research and I have had the chance to present my research in many conferences around the world.