Econometrica, Vol. 75, No. 1 (January, 2007), 291–297
THE ECONOMETRIC SOCIETY ANNUAL REPORTS REPORT OF THE SECRETARY
VIENNA, AUSTRIA AUGUST 23–24, 2006
1. Status of Membership and Circulation
THIS REPORT STARTS by describing the evolution of the Society’s membership and of the number of institutional subscribers. Information is provided on both a midyear and an end-of-year basis. The latest information available, as of June 30 of the current year and of selected previous years, is provided in the top panel of Table I. The bottom panel of Table I reports the final number of members and subscribers as of the end of 2005 and selected previous years. For any given year, the figures in the bottom half of Table I are larger than in the top half, reflecting those memberships and subscriptions that are initiated between the middle and the end of that calendar year.
As noted in the last report, the membership of the Society has exploded over the past two years, reaching a total of 4,282 ordinary and 1,222 student members at the end of 2005. This represents a 39 percent and an 89 percent increase with respect to the 2000 figures. Much of the increase is due to the requirement of membership for submitting papers to Econometrica and for attending Econometric Society meetings, but some may also be attributable to recent price reductions for members and to the availability of electronic access to all papers published in Econometrica since 1933. At the same time, the number of institutional subscribers has followed a declining trend, with 1,949 subscribers at the end of 2005, which represents a 20 percent decrease with respect to the 2000 figure. The figures for June 2006 show that the membership is likely to stay roughly constant at the 2005 record level, while the number of institutional subscribers will experience another small reduction.