It's an interesting prize both for the Fama/Shiller contrast (reminiscent of Hayek/Myrdal), and for throwing Hansen into that mix. Hansen is one of those guys that does a lot of stuff so although the pairing for "empirical analysis of asset prices" surprised me, I just marked that up to "Lars Hansen has forgotten more about economics than I'll ever know". He is probably best known for his development of generalized methods of moments techniques, and has been cited as a potential laureate, but usually under the assumption that it would be a straight econometrics prize.
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