Brings up that older idea again: Why not expand the ICAPE format, perhaps
stepwise over the next years? Starting a day before ASSA as usual, and then
have it overlap by, say, one day, later perhaps two days with ASSA. Provided
we can afford a college or university place in the same city where ASSA
takes place. We could maintain the connection with the ASSA job market.
Young scholars still could have their paper somewhere at ASSA and otherwise
attend the "AHA-allied heterodox associations". The problem would be the
doubling of conference costs for attendants .




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Betreff: Re: [AFEEMAIL] AEA attack on the ASSA sessions of AFEE, other
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I agree that Afee should fight to keep the ASSA slots it has, and continue
to fight each coming round of reduction of sessions. It is important that
young institutionalist scholars have this venue; and some Afee members will
be attending anyway for recruitment purposes. Most AFEE members have no
reason to go, however--and so do not.


During the last round of cuts to Afee (and other heterodox) sessions, we
forced ASSA (which is just a front for AEA) to admit that they had no
rational reason to cut our sessions. Diedre McCloskey as well as (if I
remember correctly) Leamer were on our side and demanded of the board an
explanation. None ever came. It was obvious that the sole reason for the
cuts was to reduce sessions for groups the AEA considers to be marginal. It
had nothing to do with scarce space.


The AEA understands the logic: if you cut AFEE sessions by 40% you reduce
the number of Afee attendees by approximately 40%. (Only the independently
wealthy can afford to attend if they are not on the program, of which there
are a few but not many among members.) It is a nice virtuous
cycle--attendance at subsequent meetings will be lower. So you can count on
continued attacks. There is a method in the madness.


My suggestion is this: move the main AFEE meetings out of the ASSA. Hold
them elsewhere at a different time. Early January is a horrible time for
meetings. Meeting with 20k orthodox economists is undesirable. (Or worse.)
Many of us purposely stay away from the "meat market" that is the ASSA. We
have AFIT in the west; that is inconvenient for us east coasters (I'm one of
those now) and AFIT usually conflicts with Levy's Minsky conference
(directly or in close proximity in time) and probably with spring break for
others. Maybe a Midwest meeting another time of year for the main AFEE
meeting. Or the south in Winter. Or Denver in summer.  Or Rome or the Virgin
Islands anytime of year. And maybe join some group that is not as hostile as
AEA to get economies of scale.


L. Randall Wray

Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute


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