Econ-Harmony: An AEA Service for Organizing Complete Annual Meeting Session Proposals



Econ-Harmony is closed for 2015 Conference Submissions.
Econ-Harmony for the 2016 conference will open in February of 2015.


Econ-Harmony: An AEA Service for Organizing Complete Annual Meeting Session Proposals.


An AEA service, Econ-Harmony began in 2009 and continues in 2014 for the 2015 Annual Meetings program. Econ-Harmony allows prospective individual paper submitters who are members of the AEA to post information about their paper and search for others with similar interests who might join them to form a complete session submission. It also allows AEA members to volunteer to chair sessions.

COMPLETE SESSIONS HAVE A SUBSTANTIALLY GREATER CHANCE OF MAKING THE PROGRAM THAN INDIVIDUAL PAPERS. 

25% of 438 submitted complete sessions and 14% of 1,148 submitted individual papers made the 2014 AEA Annual Meeting program.

Individual Paper Submissions
Program YearTotal Accepted
2014 14% of 1148
2013 12% of 1331
2012 16% of 1059
2011 17% of 897
2010 13% of 1404
Complete Session Submissions
Program YearTotal Accepted
2014 25% of 438
2013 31% of 347
2012 31% of 331
2011 39% of 287
2010 31% of 273


Econ-Harmony does not replace the formal submission process and it does not guarantee that a session will be included on the program. Rather, it is designed to help prospective authors identify others working on similar questions so they can form a jointly organized complete session to submit in the regular submission process. The normal submitted session includes four papers and a discussant for each.

Submissions for the 2015 Annual AEA meeting are now closed.


Contents of Current Issues

July 2014 AEJ: Applied

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July 2014 AER

June 2014 JEL

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May 2014 AEJ: Policy

May 2014 AEJ: Micro

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University of Chicago economics professor, Matthew Gentzkow, who is the AEA's 2014 John Bates Clark Medal recipient, discusses the future of economics, the state of the media ecosphere, and virtues of "data hustle" in this interview from Quartz.

A recent article in The Economist examines higher education endowments and university behaviors including new research presented in a paper from the latest edition of the American Economic Review.

"For economists, the tradition of keeping mum—at least as a national organization—is long and proud. 'The association as such will take no partisan attitude, nor will it commit its members to any position on practical economic questions,' the economic association states on its website. Those policies, says its president, William D. Nordhaus, a professor at Yale University, by email, 'have served it well through hot and cold wars.'"

"Not only do economists vary widely in their opinions of economic policy, he notes, but many have participated in helping shape such policies. Putting forth statements on political issues would be 'unnecessary, polarizing, controversy-stoking, and a distraction from the real and important work of economic research and education,' he says. (Mr. Nordhaus was, of course, speaking for himself and not the association.)"

Read the whole story in the The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscribers only).

From ASSA 2014: The Wall Street Journal reports on the AEA's CSWEP committee's efforts in mentoring early-career female economists and the program's expanding influence on similar programs being developed overseas. Read the full article here.

The Chronicle of Higher Education just published "Cool Head on Global Warming," an in-depth look at the new book by 2014 AEA President, William Nordhaus entitled, "The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty and Economics for a Warming World" (Yale University Press).

The Atlantic Cities provides a thorough examination of Clifford Winston's (Brooking Institution) research, "On The Performance of the U.S. Transportation System: Caution Ahead," from the latest edition of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL).

Upcoming research by Yang Wang, a health economist at Lafayette College, indicates that some smokers believe age, race, and parental longevity influence their life expectancy more than smoking does. Access the news brief here, or the forthcoming article from the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

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