The Harvard Crimson has a story today about the Hirschman prize, the first of which was recently announced by the Social Sciences Research Council. The prize recognizes "outstanding contributions to international, interdisciplinary social science research, theory, and public communication, in the tradition of Albert Hirschman." The official SSRC announcement is here. It is a pity that today's graduate students in economics do not read Hirschman much--he is one of the most original and creative minds of the century. I won't tell you who the recipient is, except to say that I do not agree with everythng he has written.