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2005 Leontief Prize
Awarded to Ha-Joon Chang and Richard R. Nelson

From left to right: Dr. Chang, Tufts University
Provost Jamshed Bharucha, and Dr. Nelson.
Photo by Joshua Berkowitz.

Rethinking Development in the 21st Century

GDAE presented the 2005 Leontief Prize to Richard R. Nelson, George Blumenthal Professor at Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs and Ha-Joon Chang, Assistant Director of Development Studies at University of Cambridge Faculty of Economics, on October 27, 2005 on Tufts’ Medford campus. The award ceremony featured lectures by Dr. Nelson and Dr. Chang on the theme, “Rethinking Development in the 21st Century: Globalization, Innovation, and the Role of the State.”


Prof. Nelson giving his remarks. Photo by Jeff Chen of Tufts Daily.

Professor Richard Nelson was honored for his pioneering theoretical and empirical work on the processes of long-run economic development with particular emphasis on technological innovation and evolutionary economic change. Dr. Nelson is the author of The Sources of Economic Growth (2000), An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change (1985), and the editor of The Limits of Market Organization (2005) as well as many other important works.

Read Dr. Nelson's remarks

Read Neva Goodwin's award presentation to Dr. Nelson


Dr. Chang with his family after the award ceremony. Photo by Joshua Berkowitz.


Professor Ha-Joon Chang, received the Leontief Prize for his insightful work on the role of the state in fostering development in poorer countries, and on the problematic relationship between economic globalization and development goals. Dr. Chang’s books include Reclaiming Development: An Economic Policy Handbook for Activists and Policymakers (2004) and Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002). Dr. Chang is also a contributor to Putting Development First: The Importance of Policy Space in the WTO and IFIs, edited by GDAE Researcher Kevin P. Gallagher, just published in 2005.

Read Dr. Chang's remarks

Read Neva Goodwin's award presentation to Dr. Chang

Watch an interview with Dr. Change about his new book Bad Samaritans, along with GDAE's senior researcher Kevin P. Gallagher



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