Ostrom’s legacy remains strong seven years after Nobel

Indiana University’s Elinor Ostrom received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in December 2009, becoming the first — and still the only — woman to receive the award. Seven years later, there are nearly constant reminders of her influence, including academic studies that build on her theories, symposia that celebrate her work and policy analyses […]

Journal links Ostrom research to study of nonprofits and voluntary action

A special August 2016 issue of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly celebrates the legacy of the late Indiana University scholar Elinor Ostrom and applies her insights and theories to new research in the area of nonprofit organizations and voluntary action. Edited by three researchers who studied with Ostrom while earning Ph.D. degrees at IU […]

Remembering Douglass North, friend to IU’s Ostrom Workshop

Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass C. North, who died last month at age 95, was a longtime friend and admirer of Indiana University faculty members Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. His death was duly noted on the website of the Ostrom Workshop, which posted a link to the New York Times obituary. North was one of a […]

Remembering Lin Ostrom: ‘Problems have solutions’

“Do you believe in sharing?” That’s the headline over a lengthy and laudatory article about the late Indiana University political scientist Elinor Ostrom, written by the economist and journalist Tim Harford for the current Financial Times magazine. Ostrom unquestionably did believe in sharing. She not only believed in it, but she discovered through her wide-ranging […]

Colleagues continue Elinor Ostrom’s work

Elinor “Lin” Ostrom died a year ago this month, but her colleagues are carrying on her life’s work of gaining a better understanding of how people create institutions and make them work effectively. They’re also spreading her ideas and insights to new audiences, including university undergraduates. Scholars affiliated with Indiana University’s Vincent and Elinor Ostrom […]