Albert Berry Prize Recipients

Named for Professor Albert Berry from the University of Toronto, the Albert Berry Prize is awarded annually to the best paper submitted to the CDESG sessions at CEA, by a graduate student or new scholar in development economics.  CDESG extends congratulations to the Albert Berry Prize recipients.


Rosssm2017 Albert Berry Recipient
Phillip H. Ross

Phillip H. Ross is a PhD Candidate in the Economics Department at Boston University. His research interests include development economics and the economics of education. More specifically, his work examines how aspirations influence human capital investment, how a multinational child sponsorship program builds self-esteem, aspirations, and hope, and the effect of free primary education on financial outcomes.





2016 Albert Berry Recipient
Dr. Abu S. Shonchoy

Dr. Abu S. Shonchoy is currently a visiting scholar at Wagner School of Public Services at the New York University (NYU). Before this, he was working as a tenured research fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE) JETRO, Japan and as an adjunct assistant professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at The University of Tokyo. Prior to joining IDE-JETRO, he worked for ANU, UNSW and UTS in Australia as a lecturer. He also worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Washington DC, USA, during the period of 2007–2008. Dr. Shonchoy is an applied economist, with interest in development, labor and political economics. Dr. Shonchoy graduated from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, with a B.Sc. (1st Class Honors) in economics, a master’s degree in economic policy from the Australian National University (ANU) and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. He has several ongoing research in the field of labor market, financial inclusion and education in Developing countries. He has already published papers in peer-reviewed international field journals and recently published a book titled “Seasonality and Micro-credit” from Springer


Marco Gonzalez

2015 Albert Berry Recipient
Marco Gonzalez

Mr. Gonzalez was awarded the prize for his paper, Retail Globalization and Household Welfare: Evidence from Mexico.“This paper was motivated by observing the radical transformation in food retail options that developing countries are experiencing as they move from traditional to modern retail environments. We were able to analyze this phenomenon in Mexico where FDI played a big role in this revolution and found that by far the most important effect on local welfare comes from the reduction in the cost of living and not from the income side or job losses that policymakers sometimes fear when deciding to allow or not foreign retailers into their cities. The Albert Berry Prize is a great encouragement for junior scholars and provides very valuable visibility to new working papers. I thank the committee for this recognition.”