The Nobel Prize in economics is funded by The Swedish Central Bank. It has nothing to do with Alfred Nobel. It was started in 1968 at the banks 300th birthday. It may well be the case that the fund that pays out the Nobel Prize has lost much money in the stock market plunge. The Swedish Central Bank also fund Social Science research through its Tercentenary Foundation. I don't know if there is any connection between this fund and the Nobel Prize fund. Anyway in 1992 when the Swedish stock market plunged last time (not at all as severe as today!) the bank had to cut bank on its funding of research projects. So I guess that it is Swedish Science research that will be the victim of todays stock market crash rather than the Nobel prize winner.
Jan Bohlin Department of Economic History, University of Gothenburg Skanstorget 18 411 22 Goteborg tel. +4631 7734736 fax. +4631 7744739 e-mail: Jan.Bohlin at econhist.gu.se