Diane Coyle mentions some possible picks:
Update: Twitter folks strongly recommend adding Martin Weitzman in this category.
Growth: Paul Romer, Robert Barro
Innovation (and much else): Will Baumol (now 93!)
Econometrics: David Hendry
All good guesses. I’ll add Diamond and Dybvig for banking, and possibly an early grant to Banerjee, Duflo, and Kremer for development and RCTs. That would make economics look scientific, for a year at least. I expect Bernanke, Woodford, and Svensson to get a prize as well for monetary economics, although probably not right now. It is too close to Bernanke’s memoir and Svensson’s tenure at the Swedish central bank.
Here is a WSJ list. What do you think? Since I’ve never once been right about a particular year, trying to pick someone would only curse them. The award will come this Monday of course.