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TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award For Outstanding Scholarly Writing On Lifelong Financial Security


Named in honor of Nobel Prize winner and former CREF trustee Paul A. Samuelson, this prestigious award is presented by the Institute annually to recognize an outstanding research publication that can help advance Americans’ lifelong financial wellbeing. The winner is chosen by an independent panel of judges – consisting of Institute Fellows and previous award winners – and receives a $10,000 cash prize.

Submissions may be theoretical or empirical in nature, as long as the subject is directly relevant to lifelong financial security. The research must be in the form of a book or article published between June 30, 2013, and June 30, 2015. Submissions need to be postmarked no later than September 11, 2015.

To submit an entry, please fill out this application. (PDF)

C. Eugene Steuerle Named 2014 Samuelson Award Winner

On January 5, 2015, the TIAA-CREF Institute announced that C. Eugene Steuerle won the 19th annual TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security. Steuerle, the Richard B. Fisher Chair at the Urban Institute, was recognized for his book “Dead Men Ruling: How to Restore Fiscal Freedom and Rescue Our Future,” which explores ways to advance our economic security by bringing new resources to our government.

“‘Dead Men Ruling’ tackles one of the most pressing issues of today – making sure the nation invests in its future and its children, which cannot be done without restoring flexibility to our federal budget. We live in a time of extraordinary opportunity, not a time of austerity. I am especially grateful to the TIAA-CREF Institute for recognizing this book and presenting me with the Samuelson Award,” Steuerle said.

2014 Samuelson Award
From left, Institute Senior Economist Dave Richardson and Gene Steuerle

The book provides a series of comprehensive advancements that look to a 21st century agenda that focuses on adequacy to opportunity, an approach that includes early investment in children and financial education, and a workforce strategy that recognizes the talent and potential of older workers.

“Steuerle delivers a unique look not just at the economic state of our nation, but at how we got there,” said Stephanie Bell-Rose, head of the TIAA-CREF Institute. “He presents a thoughtful road forward on how the nation is presented with a prime opportunity to find growth and prosperity.”

“Steuerle’s work is exemplary in that it shows how our government’s fiscal situation is linked to various issues that have been solidifying for decades, and he lays out proposals that deserve serious consideration,” said Samuelson Award judge James Choi, professor of finance at Yale University.

The TIAA-CREF Institute presented the award to Steuerle at the 2015 annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations in Boston. Click here (PDF) to learn more.

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