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International Economic Association

The International Economic Association (IEA) is a Non-Governmental Organization that was founded in 1950, at the instigation of the Social Sciences Department of UNESCO. It has since its creation maintained information and consultative relations with UNESCO and is since 1973 a federated member of the International Social Science Council.

International Economic Association
Legal statusNon-Governmental Organization
PurposeEncourage research, publication, and free discussion of economic topics
HeadquartersBarcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Region served
Kaushik Basu(India)
Main organ
Executive Committee
WebsiteIEA Official website

Its aim from the beginning has been to promote personal contacts and mutual understanding among economists in different parts of the world through the organization of scientific meetings, through common research programs and by means of publications of an international character on problems of current importance.[citation needed]


The IEA has two main bodies which rule the association


The IEA is governed by a Council, composed of representatives of all Member Associations as well as a limited number of co-opted members. The Council meets triennially when it reviews the general policy of the Association and elects the President and other Officers and members of the Executive Committee for a three-year term of office.

Executive CommitteeEdit

The Executive Committee, which numbers 15 members (and 3 advisors), decides, in the light of the general policies approved by the Council, the subjects of specialists' conferences and other projects and selects the chairman of the Program Committee who will be entrusted with the scientific preparation of each project. The general practice is to invoke the aid of an economist of outstanding distinction in the subject who, with other members of the Committee chosen by him in consultation with the IEA Officers and Executive Committee, undertakes the scientific planning of the program and is responsible for the subsequent publication. Decisions concerning the work of the Association are taken by the President, in consultation with the other Officers, the Executive Committee frequently being consulted.[citation needed]

Executive Committee membersEdit

President Tim Besley (UK)
President-elect Kaushik Basu (India)
Vice President Dani Rodrik (Turkey)
Treasurer Erik Berglöf (Sweden)
Secretary General Omar Licandro (Spain)
Past President Joseph Stiglitz (USA)
Past past President Masahiko Aoki (Japan)
Members Daron Acemoglu (Turkey)
Fuad Aleskerov (Russia)
Chong-En Bai (China)
Bruce Chapman (Australia)
Avner Greif (Israel)
Louis Kasekende (Uganda)
Eliana La Ferrara (Italy)
Dalia Marin (Germany)
Jose Antonio Ocampo (Colombia)
Torsten Persson (Sweden)
Nagla Rizk (Egypt)
Rohini Somanathan (India)
Jan Svejnar (Czech Republic)
Sukhadeo Thorat (India)
Andrés Velasco (Chile)
Advisers Joan Esteban (Spain)
Ercan Uygur (Turkey)
Jean-Paul Fitoussi (France)

Assembles and PresidentsEdit

General assembles [1] and Presidents [2]
Nr. Year Location Presidents
18. 2017 Santa Fe, Mexico City   Mexico
17. 2014 Dead Sea   Jordan 23. 2014- ... Timothy Besley   United Kingdom
16. 2011 Beijing   China 22. 2011–2014 Joseph E. Stiglitz   United States
15. 2008 Istanbul   Turkey 21. 2008–2011 Masahiko Aoki   Japan
14. 2005 Marrakech   Morocco 20. 2005–2008 Guillermo Calvo   United States
13. 2002 Lisbon   Portugal 19. 2002–2005 János Kornai   Hungary
12. 1999 Buenos Aires   Argentina 18. 1999–2002 Robert M. Solow   United States
11. 1995 Tunis   Tunisia 17. 1995–1999 Jacques Drèze   Belgium
10. 1992 Moscow   Russia 16. 1992–1995 Michael Peter Bruno   Israel
9. 1989 Athens   Greece 15. 1989–1992 Anthony B. Atkinson   United Kingdom
8. 1986 New Delhi   India 14. 1986–1989 Amartya Sen   India
7. 1983 Madrid   Spain 13. 1983–1986 Kenneth Arrow   United States
6. 1980 Mexico   Mexico 12. 1980–1983 Victor L. Urquidi   Mexico
5. 1977 Tokyo   Japan 11. 1977–1980 Shigeto Tsuru   Japan
4. 1974 Budapest   Hungary 10. 1974–1977 Edmond Malinvaud   France
9. 1971–1974 Fritz Machlup   United States
3. 1968 Montreal   Canada 8. 1968–1971 Erik Lundberg   Sweden
7. 1965–1968 Paul A. Samuelson   United States
2. 1962 Vienna   Austria 6. 1962–1965 G. Ugo Papi   Italy
5. 1959–1962 Edward Austin G. Robinson   United States
1. 1956 Rome   Italy 4. 1956–1959 Erik Lindahl   Sweden
3. 1953–1956 Howard S. Ellis   United States
2. 1950–1953 Gottfried Haberler   Austria &   United States
x 1950 1. 1950 (interim) Joseph Alois Schumpeter   Austria &   United States


The IEA is in effect a federation of national academic associations or committees representing the economists of each country. It does not have individual members. Its Member Associations at the present time number 68 (including thirteen associate members). This does not however mean that economists from countries which are not represented by a Member Association do not take part in the IEA's work and meetings. In the implementation of each project, invitations are sent to those individuals or research institutes - regardless of nationality - which appear in the circumstances to be best qualified to make a serious contribution to the study of the subject chosen.[citation needed]


"Regional" conferences have been held in various parts of the world to study problems particular to the region, while "East-West" conferences have provided an opportunity for economists from Eastern and Western Europe to meet and discuss problems of common interest.

Particular attention has been paid also to problems of concern to developing countries by devoting whole conferences or sections of conferences and congresses to these problems. In the case of the developing countries considerable efforts have been made, often with the help of subsidies from UNESCO, the World Bank and the European Commission and international organizations to facilitate the participation of economists from these countries in the work of the IEA.[citation needed]

In essence, the activities of the IEA during the 65 years of its existence may be summed up as follows:

1. The organization of 115 specialists' conferences of a round-table type and the publication of 154 volumes of proceedings.[citation needed]

2. The organization of fifteen open international congresses: Rome 1956, Vienna 1962, Montreal 1968, Budapest 1974, Tokyo 1977, Mexico 1980, Madrid 1983, New Delhi 1986, Athens 1989, Moscow 1992, Tunis 1995, Buenos Aires 1999, Lisbon, 2002, Marrakech, 2005, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2008, Beijing, China, July 2011 and Dead Sea, Jordan, 2014. Each of the Congresses was followed by some volumes of proceedings published by Palgrave Macmillan.[citation needed]


  1. ^ IEA General Information/ Activities. Retrieved 07/07/2015.
  2. ^ IEA Past Congresses. Retrieved 07/07/2015.

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