The Birgit Grodal prize is awarded to Eliana La Ferrara for her significant contributions in studying the role of trust, norm enforcement and identity in economics. Her work brings theoretical insights to data in innovative ways to provide robust empirical evidence on these issues. She is an excellent communicator, and has provided important leadership, most recently in terms of creating a thriving European Job Market.
Eliana La Ferrara is Professor of Economics at Bocconi University, Milan. She received her PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1999. Eliana is Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER) at Bocconi. She is a Fellow of the European Development Research Network (EUDN), an Affiliate of the Bureau for Research in the Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and the Coordinator of the European network on Actors, Markets and Institutions in Developing Countries (AMID). Eliana is a member of the Council of the European Economic Association, and serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of the European Economic Association, the World Bank Economic Review and the Journal of African Economies. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Her research is in the field of development economics, with a particular focus on the role of ethnicity, social norms and institutions. She is currently working on the economics of conflict in developing countries.