Knutsen was given the award for his article "Democracy, State Capacity, and Economic Growth
", published in World Development
in March 2014. The article examines how regime type and state capacity may interact in affecting economic growth.
Knutsen is the first recipient of the award, which will be awarded to researchers below age 40. The aim is to draw attention to and encourage high-quality research on development issues.
Carl Henrik Knutsen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, and holds a 20% position at PRIO.