American Economic Association

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American Economic Association
Founded 1885
Headquarters Nashville, TN
Products American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Economic Perspectives
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The American Economic Association exists to encourage economic research, especially the historical and statistical study of the conditions of industrial life, and to encourage the perfect freedom of economic discussion. It takes no partisan attitude, nor will it commit its members to any position on practical economic questions.[1]


The AEA was formed in 1885 in Saratoga, NY by a small group interested in economics. It was incorporated in Washington, DC on February 3, 1923. Today the membership is ca. 18,000, over half of whom are academics. About 15% are employed in business and industry, and the remainder largely by federal, state, and local government or other not-for-profit organizations.

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The AEA's flagship publication, the American Economic Review (AER), was first produced in 1911 and became a monthly publication starting in January 2014.[2] The AEA's proceedings from its annual general meeting appear in a special May edition.[3]

The AEA also publishes a number of other journals, including the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL), first published in 1963 as the Journal of Economic Abstracts, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives (JEP) that began in 1987. The JEL publishes on the same schedule as the AER while the JEP appears in February, May, August and November. Some 4,000 groups subscribe to the three publications for around $375 each annually.[4]


  1. General Information. American Economic Association.
  2. American Economic Review. American Economic Association.
  3. About AER. AEA.
  4. Journals. American Economic Association.