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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.

Contact Information
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Phone: (615) 322-2595
Fax: (615) 343-7590

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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:

Only AEA members may:

What if I don't receive an issue?

Occasionally, issues will get lost in the mail. If this happens to you, check to ensure your mailing address is correct and membership status is current by going to your on-line account. If your account is correct and current, notify our Membership/Subscriber Services Department at (615)322-2595 or We'll be happy to resolve this for you.
Note: It is the policy of the AEA to order replacement issues only one time.

Can I get back issues or single issues of the journals?

Back issues for a limited number of years are available for anyone who would like to fill in the gaps in their collection or pick up an issue or two they've missed. Back issues are sold for $15.00 each. Download a back issues or single issue order form. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

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Reprints are generally available from the authors. Authors should be contacted directly or you may purchase a single issue.

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Requests for permission to reprint articles are processed by the Nashville office. Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of an article for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or direct commercial advantage and that copies show this notice on the first page or initial screen of a display along with the full citation, including the name of the author. Copyrights for components of work owned by others than AEA must be honored. Abstracting with credit is permitted. Copying, republishing, posting on servers, redistributing to lists, and the use of any component of a work in other works, requires prior specific permission and/or a fee. The author has the right to republish, post on servers, redistribute to lists and use any component of his or her work in other works. For others to do so requires prior specific permission from the author, who should be contacted first for permission to copy, translate, or republish, and subsequent permission of the AEA. Permission requests to the AEA should already include permission of the author. While the AEA does hold copyright, our policy is that the author's agreement be secured before contacting us. To request permissions, please contact the Permissions Coordinator at

Contents of Current Issues

Fall 2015 JEP

November 2015 AEJ: Policy

November 2015 AEJ: Micro

November 2015 AER

October 2015 AEJ: Macro

October 2015 AEJ: Applied

September 2015 JEL

Virtual Field Journals

In the News:

The Boston Globe covered an article in the American Economic Review about the difficulty of crafting effective environmental regulations. In Clearing the Air? The Effects of Gasoline Content Regulation on Air Quality, authors Maximilian Auffhammer and Ryan Kellogg study a measure to reduce ozone pollution by restricting volatile organic chemical (VOC) emissions. They find that the regulation gave businesses so much flexibility that they could continue emitting the most harmful VOCs and still be in compliance by reducing other VOCs.

Quartz covered a recent piece in the Journal of Economic Perspectives about the declining quality of government survey data. In Household Surveys in Crisis, the authors highlight several problems in household surveys, including low response rates and measurement error. They call for increased use of administrative data (like payment records from the Food Stamp Program and the Social Security Administration) to complement and verify survey results.

The Upshot blog cited a recent article in the American Economic Review. In Health Insurance for "Humans": Information Frictions, Plan Choice, and Consumer Welfare, the authors find that employees at a large firm with various health insurance plans had numerous misconceptions about the offered plans. These misconceptions were found to significantly distort some employees' choices about which plan to take up.

The Christian Science Monitor covered a paper from the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy about the effects of early school start times on student achievement. In A's from Zzzz's? The Causal Effect of School Start Time on the Academic Achievement of Adolescents, the authors study cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy, which features random assignment of course schedules, mandatory attendance, and uniform grading standards. They find that students assigned to a course starting before 8 AM on a given day of the week had significantly worse grades in all courses taken that day.

Bloomberg covered a July article in the American Economic Review by Heidi Williams, who was recently named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. In "Do Firms Underinvest in Long-Term Research? Evidence from Cancer Clinical Trials," Williams and her coauthors find evidence that cancer pharmaceutical research is distorted toward projects with short-term payoffs. See our highlight of the paper here.

A recent study on the relationship between new roads and traffic from the American Economic Review was cited in The Atlantic. In The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion: Evidence from US Cities, authors Gilles Duration and Matthew Turner find that new lanes on interstate highways and other major roads are quickly filled with new cars and trucks and do not tend to reduce congestion. They conclude that congestion pricing, rather than roadway construction, is the most promising tool for combating persistent traffic.

Three articles on the future of automation and labor markets from last month's Journal of Economic Perspectives symposium were featured on the Free Exchange Blog in the Economist.

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