Romer left his position at the World Bank (paywall) in January after just 15 months, after a series of clashes with the organization’s staff that included disagreements over everything from grammar in reports to fundamental methodological differences. He called out irregularities in the World Bank’s ease of doing business rankings and said they had become political, promising to correct them going back four years. He lost his managerial duties at the bank’s research arm following a staff revolt against his efforts to improve the quality of writing in the group’s publications.

Nordhaus and Romer will share the 9 million Swedish krona ($988,000) prize. This is the 50th anniversary of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. It has only once been to given to a woman, Elinor Ostrom, who died in 2012. Last year, the prize was awarded to Richard Thaler, an American economist at the University of Chicago, for his contributions to behavioral economics.

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