MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
ASSOCIATION FOR SOCIAL ECONOMICS
January 7, 2011 Denver, CO

The general membership meeting began at 4:50 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency – Mineral Hall B, with President Jane Clary presiding.

Secretary’s Report:

Secretary Elba Brown-Collier reported that the following persons were elected in 2010 to serve on the Executive Council for 2011:

President ---------------  Zohreh Emami, 2011
President Elect ---------  Martha Starr, 2011
Vice-President ---------   Jonathan Wight, 2011
Trustees ---------------   Robert Dimand, 2011 - 2015
                                    Stephanie Seguino, 2011 - 2015

Secretary Brown-Collier advised that the membership numbers as of December 31, 2010, including life-time members is 180.  A request for Dues Renewal was sent out to all current members up for renewal in 2011 in November.  All other current members were reminded of their renewal dates and advised that address changes should be made by updating their profile on the web site.

Renewal of Web Administrator Contract: Elba Brown-Collier presented the invoice for the one-year contract with Nathaniel Brown for administration of the web site.  The invoice was for both monthly administration and for the web hosting.  The total was for $1,620.  The motion was made and seconded that the contract be renewed.  The motion passed.

ASE/ASSA Liaison Report:

A complete report of Jane’s prepared remarks is available upon request.  Following is a summary of that report.

Jane Clary and John Davis attended a meeting in Atlanta held by the President and officers of AEA.  In that meeting it was announced that AEA wanted to change the name of the ASSA meetings to the AEA meetings.  Jane and David Pyle, the Secretary of the AFA, agreed that they would write letters to the Executive Council of the AEA to express our concerns.  Jane received approval from the Executive Council on the letter she prepared.  As a result of these letters, the AEA appointed an ad hoc committee to address the concerns presented in these letters.  At the meetings in Denver the announcement was made that the recommendations made by this ad hoc committee to the AEA Executive Council had been rejected.  The ad hoc committee then asked for further input from the representatives attending the Denver meeting.  Out of their discussion came the following points which will be taken to the AEA Executive Committee in April, 2011.

  • The registration fees for the meetings will be set so that the meetings break even with zero “profit.”  Thus there will no longer be any “revenue sharing.”  The thinking is that if there is net revenue, it should be shared among everyone – all associations having sessions at the meetings and not just the six that currently share in the revenue.  Further, the thinking is that the registration fees should be set as low as possible.
  • The registration fees will be the same for all people attending. There will no longer be one fee for AEA members and a higher fee for non-AEA members.
  • A new committee will be formed made up of representatives from the AEA, ASE, AFA, AAEA, ES, and LERA.  This committee will serve a role of consultation regarding the organization of the meetings.
  • The ASSA Session Allocation and Participant Committee will continue to exit. The six associations mentioned above will each have a seat on this committee. Other associations may also be members of this committee.
  • The name of the meetings will be the Meetings of the Allied Social Science Associations.

These recommendations must be approved by the AEA Executive Committee. If approved, ASE will be in the strongest position in ASSA that we have ever experienced.

Jane advised that as a member of the ASSA Session Allocation and Participant Committee, she receives a report each year showing the number of attendees at each association’s sessions for the preceding four years.  ASE had two sessions in Atlanta with less than 10 attendees.  Our total attendance was 573 and our median attendance was 21 which is about the same as most other associations.  The AEA’s is 27 but the AFA is far larger – 55.  Jane said she would support allowing more sessions to AFA.  ASE’s session allotment was decreased from 9 to 8 beginning with the 2002 meetings, and Jane does not plan to ask for an increase.  She ended her report reminding us all to attend as many ASE sessions as possible.

Treasurer's Report:
Treasurer Bruce Collier presented his report.  The following is a summary of the report which covers the period from 12/31/09 through 12/31/10
         Receipts and Disbursements:

Cash and Investments 12/31/09                                      $210,159.68
Deferred Revenue (Prepaid Dues)                                          4,645.00
     Receipts                                    $85,940.08
     Disbursements                             61,595.39
Increase in Cash                                                                 24,344.69

Cash and Investments 12/31/10                                      $239,149.37

Details are provided upon request.

Bruce Collier presented a budget for the fiscal year 2011.  The motion was made and seconded that the treasurer’s report be accepted.  The motion carried.

RSE Editor's Report:

Wilfred Dolfsma reported on behalf of the Editorial Team for the Review of Social Economy.  He provided a seven page report reviewing the developments in 2010.  A summary of some of the important features of this report are provided here.  You may contact Elba Brown-Collier for a copy of the complete report. Publication Details for Vol. 68 -2010 – 17 regular articles were published.  This included the Warren Samuels Prize winning article by Edward J. Kane.  There was no special issue.  Eighteen book review and 2  Speakers Corner’s contributions were also included. Projections for 2011 – No special issues are planned and the current backlog of accepted papers   has been substantially reduced to some 2-3 issues. Manuscript Central continues to work well.    The book review section has been further developed by Deb Figart.  Given the increased availability on the internet of information on new books, many journals have scaled back or dropped their book review sections, and/or shifted to reviews that cover multiple books in a given area rather than single books.  The editorial team plans to consider options of this kind in the year ahead, along with the possibility of adding a fifth coeditor to take over responsibility of the book review section. The editors continue to discuss with Taylor and Francis the possibility and advantages of having the Review included in the JSTOR database.    In 2009 there were 117 submissions, 63 of which were from authors outside the United States.  The acceptance rate was approximately 16%. The Helen Potter award recipient was announced.  The 2010 recipient is Aurélie Charles of the University of Leeds for her article “Fairness and wages in Mexico’s Maquiladora Industry:  An Empirical Analysis of Labor Demand and the Gender Wage Gap”, published in Vol. 69, 2011.

FORUM Editor’s Report

FORUM Editor John Marangos advised that the ASSA papers of 2010 will be published in the first 2011 issue.  There were only three such papers submitted from the 2009 meetings. There was a special issue in 2010 edited by Phil O’Hara on the contributions of Stanfield.  A special issue of International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy edited by Demitri Milonakis is planned for 2011. John advised that he would be stepping down as editor at the end of the 2011 year.

Regional Directors' Reports:

East Regional Director Mark White reported that he had organized seven sessions at the Eastern Economic Association meetings.   Midwest Regional Director Bruce Pietrykowski was not present and no report was provided.    Southwest Regional Director –  Aparna Mitra was not present but provided a report presented by Elba Brown-Collier.  She reported that she had organized one session for the Southwest Economic Association meetings and was hoping to organize one or more sessions for the Southern Economic Association. West Regional Director John Henry was not present but reported that he had put out a call for papers for the WEAI meetings.  He had three submissions but felt only one should be accepted.  Accordingly he turned that submission over to the WEAI and had no session for ASE. International Region Director Roger Sudgen provided no report. International Region Director Helena Lopes provided no report.

The motion was made to elect Aurélie Charles to replace Roger Sudgen as an International Director.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

2010 Awards Committee Report

The recipient of the Thomas Divine Award for 2010 was David George and the recipient of the Ludwig Mai Service Award was Deborah M. Figart.

William R. Waters Research Grant Program:

Martha Starr reported that there were 10 application s for the Waters Grant.  The committee recommended that three individuals be given the Waters Grant for 2011.  The Executive Council approved.  The recipients are Emcet Otay Tas, American University; Christopher Jeffords, University of Connecticut; and Marya Hillesland, American University.

Remarks of Outgoing President:

President Jane Clary reported that 2010 had been a busy and productive year for ASE.  She discussed the following items:

  • We have entered into a new contract with Taylor and Francis to publish both the Review and the Forum.  The committee members were Wilfred Dolfsma, John Davis, Morris Altman, Bruce Collier and Jane Clary.  It is a very good contract.  The contract was approved by the Executive Council in July, 2010.  The new contract for the Forum becomes effective January 1, 2012.
  • The World Congress in Montreal had about 100 participants.  It was suggested that we consider holding a World Congress every other year instead of every three years because of the added visibility and participation.  The By-laws were amended to set out the relationship between ASE and the World Congress.  (Article VIII of the By-laws.)  Jane reported that she had developed a history of the World Congresses which began in 1980.  ASE took responsibility for the World Congress beginning in 1996 with the World Congress in Charleston.
  • The Executive Council created a new award for the best student paper presented at the World Congress and to name the award in honor of Elba Brown-Collier.  The first award was presented at the World Congress in Montreal.
  • An ad hoc committee was created to select the new editor or editorial team for the Forum.  John Marangos advised us in late July that he wished to step down.  The committee members are Jonathan Wight, Mark Hayes, Helena Lopes, Martha Starr, Zohreh Emami and Jane Clary.
  • ASE did several things to increase our visibility:
    • Aparna Mitra applied  to the Southern Economic Association for ASE to sponsor sessions at their annual meetings.  Our application was approved and Aparna hopes to have sessions beginning in November, 2011.
    • Robert McMaster was given support to represent ASE at the meetings of the ANPEC conference in Brazil in early December, 2010.

Jane finished her remarks by suggesting some activities for the future.  She suggested a membership list on the web site and a section giving the history of the Review, the Forum and the World Congress.  She also suggested that we “institutionalize” some of our current practices and continue to better define who we are.  “We have a long history; we are smong the oldest associations of economists in the U.S.  We need to make better use of our long past, and we need to make it more widely known.”  She suggested that we standardize our terms of office with all offices and editorial terms beginning on January 1.  Finally, Jane reminded us that we need to continue to increase our memberships.  One reason is that in order to become a participated organization in ASSA, an association must have at least 300 members.  She suggest better use of the web site to attract members, use of the Waters Grant by increasing the number of recipients, and giving travel scholarships to the ASSA meetings to graduate students in their final year of their program in conjunction with a special mentoring session for them on the day of the Plenary. Finally, Jane suggested that we produce a 3-5 year strategic plan to consider changes in the organization and administration of ASE.  She thanked Dan Finn, John Tiemstra, Zohreh Emami and John Davis for helping her during the past year and stated that she appreciated having been given the honor of serving as president.  She then turned the meeting over to incoming president Zohreh Emami.

Remarks of Incoming President:

Incoming President Zohreh Emami thanked Jane for her service as President.  She stated that she would follow up on some of Jane’s suggestions.  She announced the formation of two ad hoc committees - a Strategic Planning Committee and the Constitutional/By-laws Committee.  She stated that the 2011 program had been a success and thanked all who participated.  She then announced that all members of the Executive Council should remember the Spring Conference call to be held in April or May.

Program for January 2012 Meetings in Chicago:

President-Elect Martha Starr provided a Call for Papers for the January 2012 meetings.  The theme is “The Economics of Social Responsibility”.  The Call for Papers included the notice that individuals whose papers are accepted for presentation would be required to join the Association no later than July 1, 2011.  The announcement of the Warren Samuels Prize for the best paper presented was also included in the Call for Papers.  The notice that papers presented at the ASSA meetings can be considered for a special issue of the Forum was also included in the Call for Papers with the statement that details for submission would be provided to authors of accepted papers.

Committee Assignments for 2011:

2011 Executive Council Nominations assigned to Morris Altman.
2011 Awards Nomination Assigned to Jane Clary.

Old Business: A final report on the Montreal World Congress was presented by Elba Brown-Collier.  There were 101 registered participants.  Total Revenues were $25,673.55 and Total Expenses were $27,060.36.  The deficit of $1,386.81 was well below the $2,600 approved by the Executive Council in the budget submitted for their approval.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Elba K. Brown-Collier Executive Secretary

 

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