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

The International Economic Association (IEA) is an NGO established in 1950,[1] at the instigation of the Social Sciences Department of UNESCO.[2] To date, the IEA still shares information and maintains consultative relations with UNESCO. In 1973 the IEA became a federated member of the International Social Science Council.[3]

The goal of the IEA is 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.[4]


The IEA has two main bodies which rule the association: the council and the executive committee.


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 committee

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 members

President Kaushik Basu (USA/India)
President-elect Dani Rodrik (USA/Turkey)
Vice President Elhanan Helpman (USA)
Treasurer Erik Berglöf (Sweden)
Secretary General Omar Licandro (Spain)
Past President Timothy Besley (USA)
Past past President Joseph Stiglitz (Japan)
Alison Booth (Australia)
Chong-En Bai (China)
Wendy Carlin (England)
Ashwini Deshpande (India)
Avner Greif (Israel)
Sergei Guriev (Russia)
Murray Leibbrandt (South Africa)
Dalia Marin (Germany)
Jose Antonio Ocampo (Colombia)
Torsten Persson (Sweden)
Danny Quah (Singapore)
Nagla Rizk (Egypt)
Jan Svejnar (Czech Republic)
Sukhadeo Thorat (India)
Andrés Velasco (Chile)
Leonard Wantchekon (Africa) Advisers Joan Esteban (Spain)
Ercan Uygur (Turkey)
Jean-Paul Fitoussi (France)

Assembles and Presidents

General assembles [5] and Presidents [6]
Nr. Year Location Presidents
18. 2017 Santa Fe, Mexico City  Mexico 24. 2017- 2021 Kaushik Basu  India
17. 2014 Dead Sea  Jordan 23. 2014- 2017 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. In 2020 it had 30 member countries and 8 association countries.[7] 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.[8]


Regional conferences have been held in various parts of the world to study problems particular to the region. 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]


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  2. ^ "IEA, International Economic Association". International Science Council. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
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  6. ^ IEA Past Congresses Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 07/07/2015.
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