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US duo William Nordhaus and Paul Romer win Nobel Economics Prize

AFP  |  Stockholm 

US economists and on Monday shared the 2018 Nobel Prize for integrating innovation and climate with economic growth, the jury said.

Nordhaus, a at Yale University, and Romer, a former chief now at New York University's Stern School of Business, have addressed "some of our time's most basic and pressing questions about how we create long-term sustained and sustainable growth," the said in a statement.

It said the pair have "significantly broadened the scope of economic analysis by constructing models that explain how the market interacts with nature and knowledge." Nordhaus, 77, was specifically honoured for "integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis."

The 62-year-old meanwhile won for "integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis." Both have been tipped as frontrunners for the Nobel in recent years.

The pair will share the nine million Swedish kronor (about $1.01 million or 860,000-euro) prize.

Last year, the honour went to US Richard Thaler, a of the so-called "nudge" theory, which demonstrates how people can be persuaded to make decisions that leave them healthier and happier.

Unlike the other Nobel prizes which were created in Swedish inventor and philanthropist Alfred Nobel's last will and testament and first awarded in 1901, the prize was created by the Swedish central bank, the Riksbank,in 1968 to mark its tricentenary. It was first awarded in 1969.

The Nobel, which also consists of a diploma and a gold medal, will be presented at a formal ceremony in on December 10.

The Nobel prize wraps up the 2018 awards season, notable this year for the lack of a literature prize, postponed by a year for the first time in 70 years over a rape scandal that came to light as part of the #MeToo movement.

Last week, after the prizes for medicine, physics and chemistry were announced, the most highly-anticipated Nobel, that for peace, went to Yazidi women's and Congolese doctor for their work in fighting sexual violence in conflicts around the world.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 16:00 IST
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