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About the Nobel

An archived stream of Elinor Ostrom's Nobel Prize Lecture, as delivered at the Indiana University Auditorium, Bloomington, IN, on February 16, 2010, can be viewed at: Click here for a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation from the lecture.

Elinor Ostrom's Nobel Prize Lecture, given in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 8, 2009, can be viewed or downloaded (100mb) from here:

Revised version of Elinor Ostrom's Nobel lecture delivered in Stockholm: “Beyond Markets and States: Polycentric Governance of Complex Economic Systems.” American Economic Review 100(3) (June 2010): 641–72.

For other 2009 Nobel events related to Elinor Ostrom, see:

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All of us at the Workshop would like to add our congratulations to Lin Ostrom for being selected as a recipient of The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2009. This award is a well-deserved recognition of her pioneering research on the ways in which communities throughout the world have creatively devised methods to sustainably manage resources critical for their survival. In wide-ranging research programs in collaboration with scholars and students from many disciplines and countries, Lin has identified conditions under which community self-organization can be successful and highlighted potential threats to these arrangements. Her work has revolutionized the way scholars and practitioners understand the commons, in all of its myriad manifestations.

Lin shares this honor with Oliver Williamson, whose work has had a similar impact on our understanding of the way firms, markets and other economic organizations are constructed and operate. Both have helped to expand the scope of economic sciences to more effectively encompass the ever-expanding array of institutions of economic governance.

We encourage anyone interested in more information to read the prize committee’s excellent overviews of the contributions of these new laureates, with versions for the general public at:

and for the scientific community at:

A short documentary about the lives and work of Elinor Ostrom and Oliver E. Williamson, 2009 Laureates in Economic Sciences, and their research on economic governance. Documentary, Nobel Laureates 2009 - Economic Sciences.

Pictures of the winners at:

Lin's press conference at: