Test of Time Award

The SIGecom Test of Time Award recognizes the author or authors of an influential paper or series of papers published between ten and twenty-five years ago that has significantly impacted research or applications exemplifying the interplay of economics and computation.

To be eligible, a paper or series of papers must be on a topic in the intersection of economics and computation, and must have been first published, in preliminary or final form, in an archival journal or conference proceedings no less than ten years and no more than twenty-five years before the year the award is conferred. Papers for which all authors are deceased at the time the Award Committee makes its decision are not eligible for the award.

The 2021 SIGecom Test of Time Award will be given for papers published no earlier than 1996 and no later than 2011. Nominations are due by February 26th, 2021 (Anywhere on Earth), and must be made by email to the Award Committee with "2021 ACM SIGecom Test of Time Award" in the subject.

Any member of SIGecom may submit a nomination. Self-nomination is not allowed. Nominations for the award must include the following, preferably in a single PDF file:

  1. Bibliographic data for the paper or series of papers demonstrating publication, in preliminary or final form, at least ten years and at most twenty-five years before the award year.
  2. An endorsement letter by the nominator of no more than two pages describing the content of the paper or series of papers and the lasting contribution, significance, and impact of the work.
  3. The names, email addresses, and affiliations of at least two and at most three other endorsers. Endorsers, like the nominator, may not be authors of the paper or papers under consideration.
  4. A one-sentence statement that describes the contribution of the paper or series of papers.

The additional endorsers should send letters directly to the Award Committee by the same deadline. Each letter should specify the relationship of the endorser to the nominees and describe, in 500 words or fewer, the lasting contribution, significance, and impact of the paper or papers.

An unsuccessful nomination can be reconsidered for three award cycles, with the option of updating the original nomination to reflect additional impact. Subsequently, a new nomination must be provided. All matters relating to the selection process that are not specified here are left to the discretion of the Award Committee.

The award, conferred annually at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation, includes a certificate and complimentary conference registration for each winner and an honorarium of $1,000 to be shared among the winners. The award may not be given if the nominations are judged not to meet the standards of the award.

It is expected that at least one of the nominated authors, if selected for the award, will attend the next ACM Conference on Economics and Computation on July 19–23, 2021, to accept the award and give a presentation on the work. The conference will tentatively be held in Budapest, Hungary, but the winner will have the option of presenting virtually, even if the conference is held in person. The award includes complimentary registration but does not cover travel or accommodation expenses to attend the conference.

The Award Committee welcomes questions from anyone considering or intending to submit a nomination, and is happy to provide feedback on informal proposals for potential nominees should it be needed.