The Atlas staff and board join in honoring the life and work of Elinor Ostrom, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics. Atlas’s Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Orders recognized Ms. Ostrom, along with Vincent Ostrom, in June 2003 with its first Lifetime Achievement Award for their pioneering applications of methodological individualism to the study of social organization outside the realm of market exchange. In connection with the presentation of the award, on November 7, 2003, at the George Mason University Law School in Arlington, Virginia, the Fund held an academic seminar for invited participants on the work of the Ostroms. Papers from this conference were published in Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organization, Volume 57, June 2005.
Watch Atlas’s 2009 video interview of Ms. Ostrom:
For more about her life and impact, Dr. Peter Boettke of George Mason University writes a nice tribute on his blog, Coordination Problem, here.