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General Information and Dues for 2016

Membership Dues - Individual members of the American Economic Association (AEA) receive online access to all seven of the Association's journals as well as other member benefits. Membership dues are based on annual income.

Annual Income Membership Dues for 2016
Under $70,000 $20
$70,000 to $105,000 $30
Over $105,000 $40

Print or CD subscriptions may be purchased along with your membership for a small additional charge.

Journal Title Print
Int'l Postage
(Outside the U.S.)
AER (including P&P) (12 Issues) $25 $25 $35
AER Papers & Proceedings Issue P&P Only $10 N/A N/A
JEL (4 Issues) $15 $15 $15
JEP (4 Issues) $15 $15 $15
AEJ: Applied (4 Issues) $15 N/A $15
AEJ: Econ Policy (4 Issues) $15 N/A $15
AEJ: Macro (4 Issues) $15 N/A $15
AEJ: Micro (4 Issues) $15 N/A $15

Online Member benefits begin immediately. Requested journals in print or CD begin with the issue following posting of your payment. Membership will not be back-started. Journals are mailed second class; please allow 6 to 8 weeks for arrival of print journals shipped outside the U.S. Second class mail service is unusually slow in December. CDs are mailed First Class.

Payments must be made in advance. We accept checks (in US dollars only, with correct coding for processing in US banks) and credit cards; online, or by faxing or mailing the application. Please choose one method; it is the Association's policy NOT TO REFUND dues.

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Membership FAQ's

Why should I become a member? I have access to the AEA journals though another source, why pay for membership?

In addition to having online access to all seven AEA journals, your benefits include:

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Contents of Current Issues

Winter 2016 JEP

February 2016 AER

February 2016 AEJ: Policy

February 2016 AEJ: Micro

January 2016 AEJ: Macro

January 2016 AEJ: Applied

December 2015 JEL

Virtual Field Journals

In the News:

In a piece about the consequences of trade with China, the NYT Upshot blog covered a 2013 article from the American Economic Review. In The China Syndrome: Local Labor Market Effects of Import Competition in the United States, the authors compare different U.S. regions, some of which were exposed to new competition from Chinese imports during the 1990s and some of which were less affected thanks to a different industry mix. The more-exposed regions did see significantly more job losses over the 1990-2007 period, but the pain was eased by an increase flow of unemployment benefits and disability payments to these areas.

A recent episode of the Freakonomics podast about the gender pay gap cited past AEA president Claudia Goldin's 2014 presidential address. In A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter, Goldin blames the bulk of the gender pay gap on firms' tendency to disproportionately reward employees who work very long hours, and who work particular hours. Certain sectors, like technology, science, and health, have been quicker to adopt new compensation schemes that are more flexible and less disadvantageous for part-time workers.

The Huffington Post covered a paper appearing in this month's issue of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. In The Contribution of the Minimum Wage to US Wage Inequality over Three Decades: A Reassessment, the authors use updated data and a new methodological approach to study the link between wage inequality and the minimum wage. They find that a higher real minimum wage can reduce inequality, but that the effect is "substantially less" powerful than previously thought.

BBC News covered an article in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics that takes a historical look at assassination attempts. In Hit or Miss? The Effect of Assassinations on Institutions and War, authors Benjamin Jones and Benjamin Olken find evidence that assassinations have had an impact on the growth of democracy and increased the intensity of wars, but also that successful assassination attempts are becoming more rare. The risk of assassination for heads of state peaked about 100 years ago but has fallen 70% since then.

In an article about tax subsidies for renewable energy sources, Vox cited a 2014 paper from the American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings. In How Effective Are U.S. Renewable Energy Subsidies in Cutting Greenhouse Gases?, the authors conclude that two major subsidy programs have reduced U.S. carbon emissions by only 0.3%. The effect is smaller than might be expected in part because the subsidies reduce the price of gas to motorists, which in turn encourages more gasoline use and more emissions.

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