The North American Regional Science Council is pleased to announce J. Vernon Henderson as recipient of the 2011 Walter Isard award for his many contributions to Regional Science. Vernon Henderson completed his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1972 and has served as Professor of Economics and Urban Studies at Brown University since then. He has served as chair of both departments.
His book, Economic Theory and the Cities, is considered a masterpiece linking abstract economic theory to the behavior of individuals and groups in urban areas. His Economic Handbook with Jacques Thisse is one of the most widely-used and admired textbooks of the past decade.
His many technical contributions have included widely-read papers on congestion and city sizes, spatial externalities, and the theoretical analysis of systems of cities. His work on agglomeration and the location of firm headquarters combine modern economic and geographical theory to analyze important policy questions about the efficiency of cities.
Beyond his scholarship, Professor Henderson has ably served the profession, for example as the 2008 President of the North America Regional Science Council and, most recently, as President of the Urban Economics Association.
The North America Regional Science Council is pleased to designate J. Vernon Henderson as recipient of the Walter Isard Award for 2011.