Passing of dr. Frederick L. Pryor

September 12, 2019

ACES was sad to hear news of Dr. Frederick L. Pryor's passing. Dr. Pryor was a Professor Emeritus of Economics at Swarthmore College and a longtime member of ACES. Please read more of his life and legacy via Swarthmore College, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Introduction of Submission Fees for JCE

June 28, 2019

From July 1, authors who wish to submit to the Journal of Comparative Economics will be required to either join ACES or pay a submission fee. From the publisher:

As of July 1st, 2019, the Journal of Comparative Economics will charge a nonrefundable fee of US $100 for new submissions. Please note that for authors from European countries, the relevant VAT amount will be added to the submission fee. Submission fees will be waived for the members of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies upon presentation of a membership proof. Submission fees will be used to support journal activities.

We continue to encourage authors and economists to take this opportunity to join ACES for the year and connect with our community of scholars.


June 27, 2019

ACES members are encouraged to apply for a 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship through Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

"Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Throughout the year, fellows convene regularly to share their work in progress. Coming from diverse disciplines and perspectives, they challenge each other’s ideas and support each other’s ambitions. Many say that it is the best year of their professional lives."

To learn more, and to apply, please visit the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship Program page. The application deadline for the Social Sciences is September 12.

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June 4, 2019

ACES has a new Facebook page: We will be posting news, announcements, and other items here; feel free to join and follow!

2020 aces call for papers

The Association for Comparative Economic Studies (ACES) is accepting proposals for:

- 8 organized sessions (all to be organized as full sessions)


- 1 poster session (up to 20 poster presentations—submitted by individuals)

The sessions are sponsored by ACES and are part of the meetings of the Allied Social Sciences Associations to be held in San Diego, CA on January 3-5, 2020. The submission deadline has been extended to May 5. Please click here for the full announcement, and please click here to learn about membership.

montias prizes announced

The winners of the J. Michael Montias Prize were announced at the Annual Members' Meeting on January 5, 2019. The Montias Prize is given to the best paper published in the Journal of Comparative Economics over the past two years, and this year there were two papers receiving this honor: "Design and Evolution in Institutional Development: The Insignificance of English Bill of Rights" by Peter Murrell, and "The clan and the corporation: Sustaining cooperation in China and Europe" by Avner Greif and Guido Tabellini.

Gerard Roland, Josef Brada, Nauro Campos, Robbie Brada, and Daniel Berkowitz at the ACES Annual Members' Meeting on January 5, 2019. The journal editors presented the Bradas with plaques recognizing their ACES careers.


At the ACES Annual Members' Meeting on January 5, 2019, Josef Brada and Robbie Brada officially stepped down as Executive Secretary and Coordinator for Membership Services of the ACES after 22 years (!!!) of stewardship and service. Joe and Robbie set up a governance structure exhibiting transparency and integrity; they left us with nine slots for presentations during the annual ASSA meetings; they worked hard to improve the quality of our journals and, they left us in terrific financial shape. We wish them the best in their well deserved retirement and look forward to seeing them.