Econometrica, Vol. 83, No. 6 (November, 2015), 2509–2514
THE ECONOMETRIC SOCIETY 2014 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
1. THE SOCIETY
THE ECONOMETRIC SOCIETY IS AN INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION that promotes
research in economics using quantitative approaches, both theoretical
and empirical. In pursuit of these objectives, the Society organizes meetings
and publishes three journals, Econometrica, Quantitative Economics, and
Theoretical Economics. Regional meetings take place annually and a World
Congress meets every five years. The Econometric Society operates as a purely
scientific organization, without any political, financial or national allegiance or
bias, and is a self-supporting non-profit organization.
2. REGIONAL MEETINGS
During my term I presented a Presidential address at six regional meetings.
Each of these meetings had its own character, but collectively they were a massive
testimony of the important role the Society plays in promoting independent
research, high standards, and the ideals of a scientific approach to economics.
The meetings were:
Asian Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan, June 20–22, 2014
Australasian Meeting, Hobart, Tasmania, July 1–4, 2014
African Meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 16–19, 2014
European Meeting, Toulouse, France, August 25–29, 2014
Latin American Meeting, Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 20–22, 2014
North AmericanWinterMeeting, Boston,Massachusetts, January 3–5, 2015
The Society’s world-wide membership is organized in regions, whose number
and country composition is determined by the Council. In 2014 there were
seven regions: Africa, Australasia, Europe and Other Areas, the Far East,
Latin America, North America, and South and Southeast Asia.
The African region came into existence in August 2013 following the transition
from the former African Econometric Society. I would like to thank Kaddour
Hadri, Victor Murinde and especially Yaw Nyarko for their leadership in
this transition. The meeting in Addis Ababa was the first ever African meeting
of the Econometric Society. Special thanks to Alemayehu Taffesse and his
colleagues for putting together an excellent program and running a smooth operation.
The presence of the Society in Africa has been further fostered by the
Africa Region Training Workshop held in Lusaka in the summer of 2015.