The Journal of the Canadian Economics Association
La revue de l'association canadienne d'économique

The Harry Johnson Prize

The Canadian Economics Association awards the Harry G. Johnson Prize each year to the author or authors of the paper judged to be the best paper published in the Canadian Journal of Economics in the preceding calendar year.

The Prize is named in honour of distinguished Canadian economist Harry G. Johnson who died in 1977 at the age of 57. Harry Johnson was born in Toronto and obtained his B.A. degree in Political Economy from the University of Toronto in 1943. He then obtained his first academic appointment, as Acting Professor at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, where he stayed for one year. He served with the Canadian army in the latter stages of WWII, then returned to the University of Toronto in 1946 to do an M.A. degree. Johnson moved on to Harvard for his Ph.D. studies in economics, and subsequently held several distinguished academic appointments, most notably at the University of Chicago and at the London School of Economics. He also took the time to hold many visiting appointments in Canada over the years.

Harry Johnson produced a remarkably large quantity of highly influential research publications, particularly but not exclusively in international finance, international trade theory, and macroeconomics. In addition, he was a larger than life figure who is remembered for the enormous impact he had on the structure of economics graduate programs in Britain, the USA, and Canada, and also for his impact on the evolution of economics journals. Although he never held a permanent professorial appointment in Canada, he somehow managed to be the most academically influential and respected "Canadian" economist of the 1960s and early 1970s.

The Prize is awarded at the annual meetings of the Canadian Economics Association and is selected by a committee of three, who normally serve for three years each in overlapping terms. The prize was incepted in 1977 and has a cash value of $2,000.

Winner 2013

The Harry Johnson Prize for the best article published in the Canadian Journal of Economics in 2013 was awarded to Kris Inwood and Ian Keay for Trade Policy and Industrial Development: Iron and Steel in a Small Open Economy 1870-1913, which appeared in the November 2013 issue of the Canadian Journal of Economics. Inwood is Professor of Economics and History at the University of Guelph and Keay is Associate Professor of Economics at Queen's University.

In this paper the authors use historical information on westbound transatlantic freight rates, intra-continental transport costs, and furnace specific data to argue that the tariff protection associated with the 1879 National Policy and the 1887 Tupper tariffs gave rise to investment in new, technologically advanced blast furnaces in Canada.

Mona Haddad, Jamus Jerome Lim, Cosimo Pancaro, and Christian Saborowski were recognized as short-listed for the Harry Johnson Prize for Trade Openness Reduces Growth Volatility when Countries are Well Diversified, which appeared in the May 2013 issue of the Canadian Journal of Economics.

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