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JOE is a service of the American Economic Association.

"All members of the American Economic Association have a professional obligation to list their job openings in JOE. Employers are urged by the American Economic Association to allow sufficient time (30 days) for applicant response from the time of publication in JOE to the time the position is filled." (Minutes of the Annual Meeting, December 29, 1974, American Economic Review, May 1975, p. 443.)

The American Economic Association does not endorse any form of discrimination in hiring economists.

Listings may encourage or welcome applications from either: (a) identifiable underrepresented groups, or (b) identifiable groups for which the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other applicable laws permit preferences in hiring.  However, listings may not include language that indicates discriminatory preferences in hiring.

Employers who submit listings to JOE that welcome or encourage applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual preference, or physical handicap must certify or have a certification on file at the American Economic Association specifying that the language in the listing is in compliance with relevant U.S. laws, orders, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action. Click here for certification form.

"The Association will not knowingly publish paid or unpaid advertising or notices for products, services, or positions that are made available in a fashion that discriminates on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual preference, or physical handicap." (Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting, March 21, 1986, American Economic Review, May 1987, p. 363. See also Minutes of  Executive Committee Meetings, April 22, 2005, and January 4, 2007. Listings that indicate discriminatory preferences in hiring are not permitted even if the employer is eligible to do so by law. 

Foreign universities are not subject to U.S. laws and regulations concerning equal opportunity employment. Some of their hiring procedures and employment practices may vary from those in the United States.

For nine years JOE has been exclusively an electronic publication. JOE returned to print in August 2011 in order to insure that it satisfies U.S. Department of Labor Foreign Labor Certification advertising requirements for the purpose of issuing permanent visas to individuals initially hired as college or university teachers on a temporary visa. Ironically, on September 1, 2011, the Department of Labor changed the eligibility rules toward electronic publications so that they now satisfy the advertising requirement if they are available to job candidates free of charge, as is JOE. Consequently, in June 2012, JOE will retire its print publication (again).


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