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LSE academic awarded for best paper in regional science

Photograph of Dr Vassilis MonastiriotisDr Vassilis Monastiriotis, lecturer in the European Institute at LSE, was awarded the Moss Madden Memorial Medal for his paper Union Retreat and the Regional Economic Performance: the UK experience, at a ceremony last weekend.

The Moss Madden Memorial Medal, set up in memory of Professor Moss Madden, a leading scholar in regional science, is awarded to the best paper in this field published by a member of the British and Irish section of the Regional Science Association International.

Dr Monastiriotis (pictured far right), who lectures in the political economy of southeast Europe at LSE, investigated the impact the decline in trade unionism in the UK had on the economic performance of its regions. He found that due to the nature and composition of the economic effects of unionism, the retreat of trade unionism does not necessarily promote economic prosperity. This is positive for the recent reversal of the decline of unions in the UK.

Photograph of the Moss Madden Memorial MedalHe was delighted to receive the medal (pictured left), saying: 'This is a very high distinction in regional science and I am extremely honoured to have received this award. I am also very pleased that the jury selected this paper in particular, as it reflects well a common thread in my work, that brings together aspects of political economy, regional science and labour economics in the analysis of spatial and social processes.'

Professor Damien Chalmers, head of the European Institute, said: 'Vassilis Monastiriotis is a high-class act who has contributed significantly to the European Institute in all aspects of his work, but particularly through his scholarship. We are delighted with this prestigious external recognition.'

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9 September 2008

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