The Zellner award and associated cash prize are given for the best Ph.D. thesis dealing with an applied problem in Business and Economic Statistics. It is intended to recognize outstanding work by promising young researchers in the field. The winner of the award is announced at the Annual ASA Meeting in August. A portion of the winning thesis is eligible for publication in JBES.
The award is named in honor of the late Arnold Zellner. From 1966 until his death, he was the H.G.B. Alexander Professor of Economics and Statistics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A pioneer in econometrics, Professor Zellner is widely recognized as one of the most influential statisticians of the 20th century primarily for his lifelong contributions to the use of Bayesian methods.