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NOV/2017
NEWS
EUROPEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION
European Economic Association Newsletter
An Update!
As President of the European Economic Association (EEA), I am writing to keep you informed about developments within the Association that have taken place since my last newsletter earlier this year.
Officer Election Results
The EEA 2018 officer elections closed at midnight on Wednesday October 11. I am pleased to announce that Per Krusell, International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, has been elected Vice-President for a term of office starting on January 1 2018. Paula Bustos, Camille Landais, Kalina Manova, Claudio Michelacci, Massimo Morelli and Uta Schoenberg have been elected to the EEA Council and will sit here for a term of five years, starting on January 1 2018.

The EEA is grateful to and publicly thanks all the economists who accepted to stand for election. It is in the interest of the EEA that its membership has a choice between good candidates. Their candidacy served that purpose.

I’d also like to inform our members that the EEA Council is represented on the EEA Executive Committee by 3 members. At the end of September, the Council elected Andrea Weber to represent them and she will join Nezih Guner and Marco Ottaviani as “At-Large Council member” on Executive Committee, serving for a term of 3 years. I take the occasion to thank Philipp Kircher, whose term will end, for his excellent work and for his service to the EEA EX COMM.
JEEA - Journal of the European Economic Association
JEEA in 2016 and 2017 has continued to achieve fantastic results. The impact factor for 2016 is 2.758. The 5-year impact factor is 4.521, up from 4.147 in 2015 and 3.495 in 2014. The eigenfactor score remains stable at 0.02. The total number of citations (2,981) is also a record high (up from 2,691 in 2015 and 2,280 in 2014). As readers, submitters and authors, you have played as essential role towards these achievements. Many thanks! Special thanks go to Juuso Välimäki, Managing Editor, for his leadership of JEEA, and to the co-editors - Paola Giuliano, Dirk Krueger, Claudio Michelacci, Daniele Paserman and Imran Rasul. Dirk Krueger and Daniele Paserman will be ending their terms as JEEA editors at the end of this year so we thank them for their dedication over the past four years. They will be replaced by Giovanni Peri and Nicola Pavoni.

On this note, may I remind you that publishing a paper in JEEA today is a great investment to promote your research and career so please submit your best work to JEEA!

All information and reports on JEEA can be found here.
Annual Congress
This year’s congress was held in Lisbon, Portugal, from August 21 to 25. The scientific programme was put together by Estelle Cantillon and Silvana Tenreyro. Estelle and Silvana did a great job and over 800 papers were presented in the many parallel contributed sessions. 8 invited sessions were organised and provided the forum for the presentation of lots of groundbreaking research. For the keynote lectures, John Van Reenen gave the Schumpeter lecture Productivity, Management and Innovation, while Amy Finkelstein delivered the Marshall lecture Moral Hazard in Health Insurance: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?. My own presidential address was entitled Rethinking Growth. Richard Blundell, past Chair of the EEA Research Committee organised a very interesting panel on new administrative data and new research designs in economics; while Emmanuelle Auriol organised a panel looking a the careers of female economists in Academia in the EU and in the US; and in collaboration with the ECB, a panel on inequality and the distributional impact of macroeconomic policies was organized. The programme also included several other sessions including a panel on the causes and consequences of populism as well as mentoring and training workshops for research grant applications, with one-to-one coaching with current and past ERC grant-holders, and for researchers on how to get published. Furthermore, the EEA Education Committee organised a session on changes in the delivery of economics teaching. All these sessions (apart from the session on publishing) were filmed and can be viewed on the EEA website / YouTube channel here.
EEA-ESEM Congress Cologne 2018
The 2018 EEA-ESEM Congress will take place at the University of Cologne campus in Cologne, Germany, from Monday August 27 to Friday August 31 2018. EEA Programme Chairs, Nicola Gennaioli (Bocconi University) and Marta Reynal Querol (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), have already started working on the EEA scientific program, and it certainly promises to be a great congress. The Schumpeter lecture will be given by Jaume Ventura, while Susan Athey will give the Marshall lecture. The Local Arrangements Committee is putting in a lot of effort to ensure that the Congress is highly enjoyable both at an academic and social level. All information about the Congress can be found on the EEA-ESEM website. Please do check it regularly as the EEA will be publishing all information on its special sessions here too. Please follow #EEAESEM18 on Twitter for updates.

Cologne is situated on both sides of the Rhine and is home to the Cologne Cathedral, a World Heritage Site and Germany‘s number one attraction, which draws over six million visitors each year. In addition, Cologne‘s world-class museums, numerous theatres, the Philharmonic and the Opera House also attract visitors from all over the world. The city is rich in local traditions such as the exuberantly celebrated Cologne Carnival or the brewery taverns that serve Kölsch, the city’s signature beer.

My successor, Eliana La Ferrara, is looking forward to welcoming you all there. I encourage all members to submit papers (deadline February 15 2018) and attend the Congress.
2017 Awards
The Young Economist Award, bestowed to the authors under 30 years of age or no more than 3 years past a PhD defence of outstanding papers presented during contributed sessions of the EEA annual congress, were given to Stéphane Dupraz, Matteo Gamalerio and Petra Thiemann. Further details of the award, and details of the winners and their papers, can be found here. The EEA is extremely grateful to the UniCredit & Universities Foundation for their support of this award.

In April of this year, the EEA publicly announced that Ran Spiegler (School of Economics, Tel Aviv University, and University College London) and Michèle Tertilt (University of Mannheim) had been awarded the 2017 Yrjö Jahnsson Award in Economics, which is bestowed biennially to a European economist no older than 45 years old who has made a contribution in theoretical and applied research that is significant to economics in Europe. More details of the award and its selection procedure can be found here.

2018 Awards
The fourth Birgit Grodal award, awarded to a European-based female economist who has made a significant contribution to the Economics profession, will be bestowed in Spring of 2018. The award, which is named after Birgit Grodal, the first female elected President of the EEA who sadly passed away before she was due to take up her presidency, is awarded every even year and the first six editions are sponsored by the Danmarks Nationalbank. EEA members are invited to send the Chair of the 2018 Award Committee, Ernst Fehr, nominations through the official EEA address admin@eeassoc.org by Tuesday November 28 2017. Please accompany your nomination with a short nomination statement as to why you feel that the scholar is deserving of this award.

The winner of the biennial Hicks-Tinbergen award, given to the author(s) of an outstanding article published in JEEA during the two preceding years, will also be announced in late Spring of 2018. EEA members will be contacted and invited to nominate deserving papers once JEEA 15:6 has been published
EEA-FBBVA Lecture
The 2018 EEA-FBBVA lecture will be given by Emmanuel Farhi on Friday, January 5, during the ASSA Meetings to be held in Philadelphia. His lecture will be entitled The Microeconomic Foundations of Aggregate Production Functions. If you are attending the Meetings, please do go to the lecture.

The EEA thanks the Fundación BBVA for its continued support. More details of the lectures can be found here.
EEA Seed Grants
In previous newsletters, we have mentioned how the EEA is undertaking a number of initiatives linked to the funding of economic research. One of the main steps being taken, in an effort to encourage applications from economists affiliated with institutions in countries and regions in the lower tail of the European income distribution, has been to introduce Seed Grants for economists affiliated with these countries who wish to apply for a European Research Council grant (categorized as Starting, Consolidator or Advanced) to the panel SH1 – Individuals, Markets and Organisations. Each seed grant offered by the EEA has the value of €1,000 (Euro). I am pleased to confirm that the EEA seed grant programme has been renewed for the 2018 calls.

All information on the EEA Seed Grant Initiative can be found here.

I would be very grateful if you could forward this page to your colleagues within your department and to other researchers of economics within your networks who may be eligible. Our aim is reach as many eligible researchers as possible, not only to encourage them to apply for the EEA Seed Grant Initiative but to highlight the uncertain future of EU funding for economists and attempt to reverse this situation.
Future Job Market
I am pleased to inform you that the EEA will launch a new initiative, a European job market, to be held in conjunction with the Econometric Society Winter Meeting. The initiative aims at facilitating the match between European employers and PhD candidates. The EEA will follow up with more details in the coming months.
Women in Economics (WinE)
The WinE Committee continues to be very dynamic. 2017 saw the Committee organise the fifth WinE Mentoring and Networking Retreat, held before EEA-ESEM Lisbon 2017. Over 45 female economists within 5 years from their PhD, the majority of whom are based in Europe, participated in the Retreat and were mentored by 10 senior female academics based in Europe. They took part in a series of discussions covering topics such as publishing, writing successful grant applications, networking and career planning. There were also smaller group sessions, which focused on participants’ research papers and provided an opportunity for detailed comment and feedback from senior mentors in their field. The EEA takes the opportunity of this newsletter to thank The Review of Economic Studies for their generous support of the WinE Retreat.

2017 also saw the WinE Committee invest in the development of a web scraper programme, which crawls through the websites of European institutions regularly. The objective of this 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 organised a lunch session, entitled " Women in Economics: Career in Academia in the EU and in the US ", at EEA-ESEM Lisbon around this data collection. The two invited speakers were Guido Friebel from Goethe University and Janet Currie from Princeton University. The session can be viewed on the EEA YouTube channel here

Members of the EEA, be they female or purely interested in gender issues, are encouraged to sign up for the WinE newsletter, through which information on the “WinE Mentoring Retreat”, and other information, is diffused. Please also 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 the WinE Chair, Emmanuelle Auriol (TSE), and her Committee for all the work they do throughout the year to support women in the economics profession.

For more information on the sixth Retreat, which will be held before EEA-ESEM Cologne 2018, and on the activities of WinE, please visit the dedicated website section here.
Standing Committee on Research
Estelle Cantillon took over the chairmanship of the Standing Committee on Research in September. The agenda of the Standing Committee on Research going forward is twofold. First, to continue the Association effort to encourage and support researchers to apply for an ERC grant. To that end, Nezih Guner and Jan Eeckhout organized a hands-on workshop on ERC grant applications at the EEA-ESEM Lisbon 2017 congress to share tips and provide coaching. The Association is also continuing its seed grant programme for ERC applicants from a selection of European countries and regions. We encourage all researchers to consider applying for an ERC grant as part of building and developing their research agenda. 

The second item on the Research Committee’s agenda builds on COEURE’s recommendations to work towards making Europe a data research power-house. As a launching event for that agenda, former chair Richard Blundell organized a lunch session at the EEA-ESEM Lisbon 2017 on “New Data and New Research Designs in Economics” (to view video of session, please click here) to discuss challenges and opportunities in using administrative data for research in economics.

The Committee is currently gathering expertise and discussing the best way the Association can help make this vision a reality. Comments and suggestions are welcome to Estelle.Cantillon@ulb.ac.be. The research committee webpage will soon be updated to reflect these initiatives.
Standing Committee on Economic Education
The Education Committee organised a workshop at EEA-ESEM Lisbon 2017 entitled Inside the Economics Classroom. The workshop looked at changes in the delivery of economics teaching. It looked at active teaching and learning including backwards teaching with the CORE curriculum, classroom games, the use of flipping in economics, and other uses of technology in the teaching of economics  The video of the workshop can be viewed here.
Ethics Committee
This Committee, composed of Francis Kramarz (Chair), Oriana Bandiera, James Banks, Philipp Kircher and Georg Weizsäcker, whose objective has been to provide ethical guidance (both usage and collecting of data) for economists' practices, has recently drafted its final document "Ethical Principles for the European Economist". This document is put forward for approval by the EEA Executive Committee. It outlines in broad strokes key principles that researchers and their institutions should contemplate when considering the ethics involved in their research. It highlights areas of particular importance, and prompts the establishment of procedures to resolve sources of conflict. It is intent to provide broad guidance for the researchers themselves as well as for their employers. It should also serve as a basic document that outside institutions (academic journals, etc.) can use to ask for compliance with in terms of ethical conduct of the research they are encountering. It is intended to be applicable across a number of different forms of research (laboratory experiments, field experiments, surveys, use of administrative data...) and therefore does not delve into the specifics of any of them at this point, though one could contemplate deeper documents outlining more specific requirements or providing specific resources in each of these fields. This was not the task of this temporary committee, and would probably require a new standing committee.
EEA's Response To Inappropriate Comments on Econ Job Market Rumors Blog
The Econ Job Market Rumors (EJMR) Forum is frequently used by economists, in particular in connection with the job market and about economic programs more generally. Unfortunately, the platform is frequently misused and it has become a breeding ground for personal attacks of an abusive kind, often racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, and particularly, sexist. Several leading newspapers worldwide are now reporting that EJMR contains an unacceptable amount of sexist conversations, shifting topics from academic to personal, in particular if women are involved. These developments are in sharp contrast to the values of the European Economic Association and completely orthogonal to our attempts to promote more gender equality in academia. As President of the Association, I firmly condemn these practices and ask the EJMR website to systematically and immediately remove those posts. I also ask those who post to the site to remember their responsibilities as academics, and to refrain from posting confidential information about letters of reference or related matters.
Full statement can be accessed here
Financial Position of the Association
The EEA continues to be highly dependent on the donations received from its institutional members, to whom we are extremely grateful. The role of the EEA individual member too is fundamental to ensuring that the EEA will be able to invest in activities that have not been financially possible before. We are able to announce that there will be no increase in the cost of individual membership for 2018. Membership fees for regular membership with online only access to JEEA will remain the same for the 10th year running. Maybe now is the perfect opportunity to ask you to check your EEA membership status. Should it have expired over the last few months, please renew it by logging in at the member section on www.eeassoc.org. Once logged in, please click on RENEW MEMBERSHIP and follow the instructions.  We also ask you to check 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.
Other Useful Information
The EEA website is updated on a daily basis so please check www.eeassoc.org to find out about the latest developments within the EEA. You can follow @EEANews on Twitter too. Please be reminded that the EEA disseminates calls for papers, congresses and research grants on behalf of many European and International bodies under the section "Other Information" so please make use of these pages. Please also remember that the EEA has been a partner of EconJobMarket.org for a number of years. EconJobMarket.org 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 EconJobMarket.org 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.

The EEA values its members’ opinions so if you have any ideas about what the EEA can do or should be doing in building the economics profession, please do not hesitate to get in touch by writing to admin@eeassoc.org. More detailed reports by EEA officers can be found here

Lastly, I speak for the whole governing body of the EEA as I thank Antonio Cabrales (UCL) in his role of Executive Vice-President and EEA General Manager, Gemma Prunner-Thomas, for all the work they do throughout the year for the EEA.

It has been a pleasure and an honour to serve you and the Association as President for 2017.

Philippe Aghion
EEA President 2017
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