Adam Smith Award

The Adam Smith Award is the highest honor bestowed by The Association of Private Enterprise Education. It is given to recognize an individual who has made a sustained and lasting contribution to the perpetuation of the ideals of a free market economy as first laid out in Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. The recipient of this award must be an individual who has acquired an international reputation as an eloquent scholar and advocate of free enterprise and the system of entrepreneurship which underlies it. In searching for a recipient, APEE looks for someone who through their writing, speaking, and professional life, has focused attention upon the fundamental principles which are the bulwark of our organization.

Matt Ridley (left) accepts the Adam Smith Award from 2017 APEE President Gerald P. O'Driscoll, Jr.
Matt Ridley (left) accepts the Adam Smith Award from 2017 APEE President Gerald P. O'Driscoll, Jr.

Past Recipients

  • 2016 John B. Taylor (picture)
  • 2015 Deirdre Nansen McCloskey (picture)
  • 2014 Larry White (picture)
  • 2013 William Easterly (picture)
  • 2012 Bruce Yandle (picture)
  • 2011 Elinor Ostrom (picture) Nobel Prize lecture.
  • 2010 Peter Boettke (picture)
  • 2009 Jose Pinera (picture)
  • 2008 Arnold C. Harberger (picture)
  • 2007 Leonard Liggio (picture)
  • 2006 Bruce Benson (picture)
  • 2005 Manuel F. Ayau (picture)
  • 2004 James D. Gwartney
  • 2003 Richard A. Epstein
  • 2002 Hernando de Soto
  • 2001 Harold Demsetz
  • 2000 Armen A. Alchian
  • 1999 Allan H. Meltzer
  • 1998 Robert J. Barro
  • 1997 Alan Greenspan
  • 1996 Douglass C. North Nobel Prize Lecture.
  • 1995 Vernon L. Smith Nobel Prize Lecture.
  • 1994 Richard K. Armey
  • 1993 Gordon Tullock
  • 1992 Charles Murray
  • 1991 James M. Buchanan Nobel Prize Lecture.
  • 1990 Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr . & W. Edwards Deming
  • 1989 Walter Williams
  • 1988 William A. Niskanen
  • 1987 Senator Phil Gramm
  • 1986 Murray Weidenbaum
  • 1985 James C. Miller III
  • 1984 Conrad Maier