Professor Robert Wilson (Paul's PhD advisor) has been selected as the winner of the 8th BBVA Foundation "Frontiers of Knowledge" Award, in the category of Economics, Finance and Management. The award carries a monetary prize of €400,000.
Douglass North, who died on November 23, 1995, was one of the great economists of modern times. Despite being a careful empirical research, Doug was impatient with what he considered to be the excessive reliance of many economists on formal mathematical models. I was honored to be Doug's collaborator on a joint paper with Barry Weingast, which used formal formal modeling to study the institutions that supported trade before the emergence of states that could enforce contracts.