2016 Moskowitz Prize winner, Ayako Yasuda, at the 2016 SRI Conference with Moskowitz Prize judges, Lisa Goldberg and Robert Strand
2016 Moskowitz Prize winner, Ayako Yasuda, at the 2016 SRI Conference with Moskowitz Prize judges, Lisa Goldberg and Robert Strand

Submissions for the Moskowitz Prize for Responsible Investment are now open. Now in its 22nd year, the Moskowitz Prize is the longest running global award recognizing quantitative research in the field of sustainable and responsible investing.

The Moskowitz Prize recognizes outstanding research on responsible investment and the financial implications of responsible business practices in capital markets. First presented in 1996, by the U.S. Social Investment Forum, the Prize has been awarded by the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business since 2005. It is named for Milton Moskowitz, one of the first investigators to study the financial performance of responsible investment portfolios. His distinguished works include “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America”, an annual list published in Fortune magazine, and “The Global Marketplace: 102 of the Most Influential Companies Outside America”.

The Moskowitz Prize has a longstanding focus on quantitative papers about assets traded in public markets that would be of interest to investment practitioners. Although the prize is usually awarded for a finance paper, past winners have also included papers from the fields of economics and management.  The Prize welcomes a variety of topics as long as the paper follows the below criteria.

Both published papers and working papers are eligible. Working papers should be of a quality suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal. Studies will be considered for the Prize only once. Past Moskowitz winners are welcome to enter the competition with new work, and multiple submissions from an author/group of authors are accepted.

The prize-winning study is selected by a panel of judges from academia and the investment industry (see here for the list of judges). Honorable mentions or additional monetary prizes may be awarded at the judges’ discretion.  The Journal of Investing customarily accepts the winning study for publication, although authors are not required to do so.

Judging criteria include:

  • Significance to practitioners of sustainable and/or responsible investment
  • Innovativeness of research question and approach
  • Appropriateness and rigor of methods

The winning study’s author(s) will be notified in September and invited to the 28th annual SRI Conference, November 1-3, 2017, at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA, where the prize will be awarded. They will also have a breakout session in which to present their winning study and discuss the implications of their work with the audience.

The Prize winner(s) will receive a monetary award of $5,000 and expenses to attend The SRI Conference.

Papers must be submitted in an anonymized format through the Submittable portal. The submission deadline is June 30, 2017. Please see the website for more details.