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Welcome to the Southern Economic Association Website
The Southern Economic Association is one of the oldest regional economics
associations in the United States, dating back to a conference held in
Atlanta in November 1928. The Southern Economic Journal began publication
in 1933 and is the eighth oldest American scholarly journal in economics.
From its founding, the purpose of the Southern Economic Association has
been to further the education of scholars and the public in economic
affairs. Toward this end, it seeks to stimulate interest in and disseminate
results of recent research in theory and applied economics.
The membership of the Southern Economic Association includes a diverse
set of scholars, with a great range in their substantive interests and
in their methods of inquiry. The annual conference and the Journal welcome
submissions from all fields of economic research and from economists
around the world.
One frequently-asked question is: what is Southern about the Southern
Economic Association? Certainly, the annual conference is always held
in a Southern location. Most of the editors of the Journal work at
Southern institutions. Early conferences and Journal volumes featured
about the economic problems of the South. Models of convergence in
economic growth are a recent development in economic analysis, but
have lived through tremendous convergence since the Association’s
founding. Thus, the South is fortunate to have lost much of its uniqueness.
The founders of the Association would have been delighted by that.
To quote from a history of the organization written in 1940 by Walter
its first president, “While it is regional in its membership,
its interests as well as its annual programs extend beyond the region
it serves and encompass the nation.” Today, the Association welcomes
economists around the world to share our interests in economic scholarship.