Professor Rachel Griffith from the University of Manchester has been awarded The 2014 ‘Birgit Grodal Award’ given to Europe’s leading Female Economists.
The Council of the European Economic Association (EEA), awarded the prize, named after Birgit Grodal, its first female elected President.
Since 2012, the award is bestowed every even year and the first three editions are sponsored by Danmarks Nationalbank.
The 2014 Award Committee met over a period of months and asked EEA members to nominate European-based female economists worthy of the award.
Professor Griffith, based in the School of Social Sciences, is a leading empirical researcher in studies of innovation and productivity.
Her influential contributions have brought new data sets, particularly firm-level data, to bear in answering classic economic questions about what drives the process of innovation and what determines differences in productivity levels between firms.
In a statement, the EEA said: “Her research is invariably of a high standard using appropriate empirical methods and data to great effect.
"Her citizenship and service to the profession in Europe has been recognized by her election to President of the European Economic Association.
"She will be the first woman to hold that position when she takes office in 2015.
"The EEA is pleased to be rewarding such a talented individual and the Association warmly congratulates the winner."
Professor Griffith will be presented with her award during the annual EEA-ESEM Congress, which this year will be hosted by Toulouse School of Economics and held between Monday August 25 and Friday August 29 in Toulouse, France.