A good year (World Economics Association)
from Edward Fullbrook
It was a year ago today that the World Economics Association was launched with the emailing of a letter signed by 140 economists from around the world.
That was the start of a good year for beginning to build an institutional foundation for the reform of economics and the economics profession. The WEA now has 9,936 members, widely dispersed around the globe and with all continents well represented. Although IT difficulties have delayed the launch of the WEA’s two new journals (World Economics Journal and Economic Thought) their strong first issues are now set to be published in the next two months. The fourth issue of the WEA’s lively 12-page bi-monthly newsletter will appear in June. The WEA’s inaugural online conference (Economics in Society: The Ethical Dimension) was successfully held in March, its second (Rethinking Financial Markets) will begin soon, and four more are scheduled.
Following the appearance of the first issues of the new journals, there will begin a drive to raise funds from the membership and hopefully also from one or more foundations. Money is needed to hire people to do some of the work now being done by volunteers. Moreover, as the WEA grows and expands its activities, the workload will also increase.
Already the World Economics Association is the world’s second largest professional association of economists. Another 8,500 members will make it the largest. One estimates that the WEA is on course to gain that position within 18 to 24 months.
Hopefully a year from now, with funding in place, with the three journals established, with the conferences as part of the profession’s calendar, with the newsletter a focal point of discussion and with a significantly expanded membership, elections of WEA officers and board members can he held.
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