Best Family Economics Paper of the Year

Family Economics Focus Group

2018 Recipients
E. Jeffrey Hill, Ph.D., CFLE, David B. Allsop, and Ashley B. LeBaron, Brigham Young University
“How Do Money, Sex, and Stress Influence Marital Instability?”


The Best Family Economics Paper of the Year Award is a way to recognize outstanding scholarship in family economics and to increase awareness of and participation in NCFR’s Family Economics focus group.


The authors of the winning paper each receive a certificate. The award is presented at the Family Economics focus group meeting at the NCFR Annual Conference.


  • Papers must be fully published (i.e. not merely online advance articles) in one of the peer-reviewed journals included on a list maintained by the Family Economics focus group and in the calendar year prior to the conference.
  • Acceptable formats include empirical papers, reviews, and theory papers.
  • At least one author of the research article must be a member of NCFR.

Nomination/application process

Family Economics focus group members make nominations for best papers in each journal that represent high-quality scholarship and which substantively address both family and economic/financial content. NCFR verifies current membership of all authors on nominated papers. Nominated papers that qualify are ranked by a smaller panel of judges affiliated with the focus group and the highest-ranked paper wins the award. Committee chairs notify the first author and coordinate receipt of the award.


June 1: Nomination deadline. Submit all materials to the Family Economics focus group co-chairs
July 31: The winner is notified by this date

Committee structure

The co-chairs of the Family Economics focus group serve as committee chairs. Other committee members will be members of the Family Economics focus group who volunteer, or when needed, by special invitation from a co-chair.