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Theses Wanted for Zellner Award Competition

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The Business and Economic Statistics Section announces the 2010 Zellner Thesis Award competition. The award is for the best PhD thesis dealing with an applied problem in business and economic statistics and is intended to recognize outstanding work by promising young researchers in the field. The winner of the award, which consists of a $1,500 prize, will be announced at JSM 2010 in August, and a portion of the winning thesis will be eligible for publication in the Journal of Business & Economic Statistics (JBES).


The range of topics includes econometric methods, statistical problems in forecasting, seasonal adjustment, data quality, empirical studies including finance, IO, health, labor, general micro and macroeconomic analysis, and policy evaluations. Theses in the areas of computation, simulation, and graphics are eligible as long as the research is of direct interest to applied workers.


Review standards place substantial weight on research with significant results, high-quality methodological work, substantial empirical content, and good exposition. The research should be of immediate and practical value for applications in business and economic statistics.

The editors of JBES consult with the current section chair and chair-elect to form the awards committee from the section membership and editorial board of JBES.


Theses are eligible for the Zellner Award if they were defended from January 2008 to December 2009 and have not previously been considered for the award. An unbound copy must be sent by March 31 to each of the following:

    • Johnathan Wright, The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Economics, 440 Mergenthaler Hall, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
    • Keisuke Hirano, University of Arizona, Department of Economics, 401 McClelland Hall, 1130 E. Helen St., Tucson, AZ 85721-0108
    • Richard Davis, Columbia University, 1255 Amsterdam Ave., MC 4690, New York, NY 10027
    • Eric Sampson, American Statistical Association, 732 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1943

    The award is named for Arnold Zellner, past chair of the section, past president of the ASA, and founding editor of JBES. For more information, click here or send an email to one of the JBES editors at jbes-asa@hotmail.com.

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