Who Runs the AEA?

Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University Working Paper Series, No. 2020-12

91 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2020 Last revised: 15 Dec 2020

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Kevin D. Hoover

Duke University - Departments of Economics and Philosophy

Andrej Svorenčík

University of Mannheim - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 27, 2020

Abstract

The leadership structure of the American Economics Association is documented using a biographical database covering every officer and losing candidate for AEA offices from 1950 to 2019. The analysis focuses on institutional affiliations by education and employment. The structure is strongly hierarchical. A few institutions dominate the leadership, and their dominance has become markedly stronger over time. Broadly two types of explanations are explored: that institutional dominance is based on academic merit or that it based on self-perpetuating privilege. Network effects that might explain the dynamic of increasing concentration are also investigated.

Keywords: American Economic Association, prosopography, academic networks

JEL Classification: A11, B29, D72

Suggested Citation

Hoover, Kevin D. and Svorenčík, Andrej, Who Runs the AEA? (November 27, 2020). Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University Working Paper Series, No. 2020-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3741439 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3741439

Kevin D. Hoover (Contact Author)

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Andrej Svorenčík

University of Mannheim - Department of Economics ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

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