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

Econ-Harmony is closed for 2016 Conference Submissions.
Econ-Harmony for the 2017 Conference will open in February of 2016.

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

An AEA service, Econ-Harmony began in 2009 and continued in 2015 for the 2016 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.


25% of 401 submitted complete sessions and 17% of 1,303 submitted individual papers made the 2015 AEA Annual Meeting program.

Individual Paper Submissions
Program YearTotal Accepted
2015 17% of 1303
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
2015 25% of 401
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 2016 Annual AEA meeting are now closed.

Contents of Current Issues

July 2015 AEJ: Macro

July 2015 AER

July 2015 AEJ: Applied

June 2015 JEL

Spring 2015 JEP

May 2015 AEJ: Policy

May 2015 AEJ: Micro

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