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News From The European Economic Association (EEA)
Very Warm Greetings!
As the incoming President of the European Economic Association (EEA) I am writing to keep you informed about some of the ongoing initiatives of the EEA to contribute to the development of economics in Europe. 
JEEA - Journal of the European Economic Association
As reported at the end of last year, the impact factor for 2015 was 3.461. Thus JEEA continues to solidify its position as one of the very best economics journals according to this metric. 

There have been no changes in 2017 to the editorial board. However, from January of this year, JEEA is published by Oxford University Press (OUP). We are very excited to be working with OUP and look forward to the continued successful development of JEEA with them. 

All information and reports on JEEA can be found here.
The 2017 Yrjo Jahnsson Award
In 1993 the Finnish Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation established a biennial award, called the Yrjö Jahnsson prize, for a European economist under 45 years old who has made a contribution in theoretical and applied research that is significant to economics in Europe. The 2017 Yrjö Jahnsson Award Selection Committee - Mark Armstrong (Co-Chair), Armin Falk, Helene Rey (Co-Chair) and Hannu Vartiainen - is now busy deliberating the winner of the 13th edition of this award. The winner will be announced in the early April. 
Tim Besley delivered the 2017 JEEA-FBBVA lecture, sponsored by Fundación BBVA, at the ASSA Meetings in Chicago. His lecture “Preferences and Values as Cultural Capital: Theory and Policy Implications” was very well-received and will be published in JEEA in due course. I would like to thank both Tim for representing the EEA in the US and the Fundación BBVA for its continued support of this important lecture. The same lecture will be given at the FBBVA headquarters in Madrid in May.
EEA-ESEM Lisbon 2017
The Program Chairs of the EEA sessions of this year congress, which take place in parallel with the summer meetings of the Econometric Society in Lisbon, Portugal, from Monday August 21 to Friday August 25 2015, are Estelle Cantillon (Université Libre de Bruxelles and CEPR) and Silvana Tenreyro (London School of Economics, CfM and CEPR).

The following lectures will be delivered:
• Schumpeter Lecture: John Van Reenen (MIT Sloan School of Management)
• Marshall Lecture: Amy Finkelstein (MIT)
• Presidential Address: Philippe Aghion (College de France and London School of Economics)

The following invited sessions are being organised and by:
• Advances in Organizational Industrial Organization: Patrick Legros (Université libre de Bruxelles)
• Behavioral Industrial Organisation and Consumer Protection: Botond Kőszegi (Central European University)
• Cities: Sorting, Inequality and Growth: Diego Puga (CEMFI)
• Climate Change and Asset Pricing: Christian Gollier (Toulouse School of Economics)
• Financial Globalisation and International Financial Crises: Keyu Jin (London School of Economics)
• How Can Economic Policy Raise Inflation?: Ricardo Reis (London School of Economics)
• The Economic Integration and Impact of Refugees: Lessons from Europe and the USA: Anna Maria Mayda (Georgetown)
• Topics in Empirical International Trade: Penelopi Goldberg (Yale)

The program will also include several lunch events on current issues for economists as well as a mentoring and training workshop for research grant applications, with one-to-one coaching with current and past ERC grant-holders on Friday.

In addition to the main Congress programme, there will be a reception on the Monday evening, while the Congress Party will take place on the Thursday evening.

The Local Arrangements Committee (LAC), chaired by Mario Centeno, will ensure that the Congress runs smoothly and are looking forward to welcoming you to Lisbon. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and lies on the north bank of the Tagus Estuary, on the European Atlantic Coast. The city was founded around 1200 BC by the Phoenicians, who traded from its port and called it Alis-Ubo making it one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest city in Western Europe. Lisbon is an illuminated city. The almost constant presence of sunshine and the River Tagus transforms the Portuguese capital into a mirror of a thousand colors - highlighting the city's unique architecture and beauty.

Please take a look at for full information on this very exciting congress.
EEA Young Economist Award
The EEA Young Economist Award, given to the authors of the three best papers presented by young economists at the annual congress, will be conferred for a second time during EEA-ESEM Lisbon 2017.
The Award will once again be sponsored by UniCredit & Universities Foundation. We take the opportunity of this Newsletter to thank the Foundation for its kind support. 
Women in Economics (WinE)
The WinE Committee continues to thrive, thanks to the continuing support of the EEA. The Committee is currently organising the 5th extremely successful and highly popular WinE Mentoring and Networking Retreat, which will be held just before the start of EEA-ESEM Lisbon 2017.  The retreat is a joint event of the EEA and the ES.  Emmanuelle Auriol is in charge of it for the EEA and Paola Manzini for the ES. Over 60 female economists within 5 years from their PhD, the majority of whom are based in Europe, have applied to take part in the 2017 Retreat, alongside 10 senior female academics based in Europe, who will act as the mentors. Furthermore, WinE has recently activated an Ambassador programme for past mentees with the hope of creating lasting networks and a greater outreach in the mentoring process. The EEA takes the opportunity of this Newsletter to thank The Review of Economic Studies for their generous annual support of the WinE Retreat.

The WinE Committee has recently invested in the development of a web scraper programme, which crawls through the websites of European institutions regularly. The objective is to monitor the status of women in the profession in Europe and undertake information collection -  it is difficult to address the problem of gender unbalance if it is not known exactly how bad the problem is and where the bottlenecks are. The WinE Committee is organising a lunch session, entitled " Women in Economics: Career in Academia in the EU and in the US ", on Tuesday August 22, 13:00 - 14:00 at EEA-ESEM Lisbon around this data collection. The two invited speakers are Guido Friebel from Goethe University and Janet Currie from Princeton University. Full information is available on Congress website here

Members of the EEA interested in gender issues (female or not), are encouraged to sign up for the WinE newsletter, through which information on the “WinE Mentoring Retreat” is diffused. Please remember that the EEA publishes the names and research areas of its female WinE members who wish to be included in such a list. The aim of this is to support women in economics by facilitating the formation of networks and by increasing the visibility of female economists. Please do make use of this list, which is here.

I take the opportunity to thank Emmanuelle Auriol (TSE) and her Committee for all the work they do throughout the year to support women in the economics profession. I say a special thanks to Torsten Persson and Marta Reynal-Querol who stepped down from the Committee at the end of 2016, and welcome incoming members Ingela Alger and Nezih Guner.

For more information on the activities of WinE, please visit the dedicated website section here.
Standing Committee on Research
The Research Committee, now in its 11th year, and chaired by Richard Blundell (UCL), has come to the end of its involvement in the 3-year COoperation for EUropean Research in Economics. COEURE, financed by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme, brought together the key stakeholders in the European economic research space – scientists, users of research in the policy community and the private sector, and funders of research in a process of stocktaking, consultation and stakeholder engagement. One of the main aims of COEURE was to formulate an Agenda for Research Funding for Economics in Europe, which provides a roadmap for enhancing economic research in Europe and its funding. Its Manifesto for Economic Research in Europe can be downloaded here.
I would like to thank Richard for representing the EEA on COEURE and for his immense dedication to the project. I also take the opportunity of this newsletter to encourage EEA members to read the section on EEA webpage on research grants and specifically get information on ERC research grants. 

On top of all the work on the COEURE project, Richard is also organising a session entitled New Administrative Data and New Research Designs in Economics during EEA-ESEM Lisbon 2017.

For more information on the Research Committee, please visit here.
EEA Seed Grants and Other Initiatives To Aid Funding Applications
In our October Newsletter, my predecessor, Fabrizio Zilibotti, informed EEA members of a number of initiatives undertaken by the EEA linked to the funding of economic research. Namely, he spoke about the Seed Grant Program, which is an initiative by the EEA to encourage applications from economists affiliated with institutions in countries and regions in the lower tail of the European income distribution to apply for a European Research Council grant (Starting, Consolidator or Advanced) to the panel SH1 – Individuals, Markets and Organisations. We have already received 40 applications. Furthermore, in additional attempts to encourage applications to funding for economic research, the EEA will be organising one-to-one sessions during EEA-ESEM Lisbon about how to write successful grant applications. All information on these initiatives can be found on the EEA website and on the EEA-ESEM congress website. 
Standing Committee on Economic Education
The Education Committee is  busy organising sessions for EEA-ESEM Lisbon 2017. Full information will be available shortly on the EEA-ESEM congress website.

Full information on the Education Committee can be found here.
Ethics Committee
This Committee is composed of Francis Kramarz (Chair), Oriana Bandiera, James Banks, Philipp Kircher and Georg Weizsäcker. The objective is to provide ethical guidance for economists' practices. This guidance should be given for both usage and collecting of data. Because Surveys, Admnistrative data sources, Lab and Field Experiments, and RCTs are the domains of application for this report, recommendations will be specifically given for the collection of data, with the running of experiments and trials, and the use and management of primary and secondary data sources containing confidential information. The committee, pretty busy with its work, started with an analysis of a survey of ethical practices among its EEA members, as well as the existing ethical guidelines in EU countries, as background to its analysis.

EEA members will be kept informed about its progress in the next Newsletter.
Job Postings on EEA Website
Let me remind you that the EEA has been a partner of for a number of years. is a non profit organization that seeks to reduce the costs of information flow in the economics job market by providing a secure central repository for the files of job-market candidates (including papers, reference letters, and other materials) accessed on line. The EEA website displays all job postings from on its website. We encourage you to use to find out more about EconJobMarket and to register for its services. Full information can be found here.
EEA Institutional Members
One important initiative that has been successful over the past couple of years is our institutional membership program. This allows institutions that have special links to European economics to register their support for building up the profession in Europe. Current institutional members include a number of leading central banks. In collaboration with our institutional members, we have organised exhibition space for them during the annual congresses. If you do attend the annual congresses, please do go and visit them and speak to them about the research they do. To view the list of current EEA institutional members, please visit here.
Other News and Thanks
It is a good moment for me to thank the outgoing President, Fabrizio Zilibotti, for his excellent work during 2016 and to thank Isabel Correia, Jan Eeckhout, Imran Rasul and John Van Reenen who all retired from the EEA Council. 

I welcome Kjetil Storesletten to the Executive Committee – he was elected to serve as President in 2019. I also welcome Miklós Koren, Gilat Levy, Diego Puga, Barbara Rossi and Mathias Thoenig as incoming Council members and thank them for their willingness to serve. I very much look forward to working with all incoming and current EEA officers over my tenure as President and hope to make this another memorable year in the life of the EEA.

I would like to close by thanking the members of the EEA for their involvement with the Association. Members are the most important feature of the EEA. Let me remind you that alongside numerous other membership benefits, EEA members can nominate suitable candidates (or self-nominate) for EEA officer elections and for positions on EEA standing committees through The EEA central office will pass all nominations on to the EEA Nominating Committee Chair or the Chairs of standing committees.

Maybe now is the perfect opportunity to ask you to check your EEA membership status. If it has expired over the last few months then please renew it by logging in at the member section on Once logged in, please click on RENEW MEMBERSHIP and follow the instructions. We also ask you to check that your personal details on your profile page are up-to-date. Informal efforts to encourage your colleagues to become members of EEA are also appreciated. 

To stay in touch with the latest developments in the EEA please check our website, which is updated on a daily basis, or follow @EEANews on Twitter. Please do contact us if you have any comments or suggestions.

Please remember that the EEA publishes calls for papers from various European institutions on its website so please click here to take a look and contact if your institution wishes to publish a call.

With best wishes,

Philippe Aghion
President of EEA, 2017
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