Libecap to Head two International Organizations
Leadership, research embrace wide-ranging scholarship
September 10, 2003
Karl Eller Center director and economics department faculty member Gary Libecap has recently been named vice president/president-elect the influential International Society for New Institutional Economics, and is unopposed in the upcoming election of a second leading professional organization: the Western Economic Association International. His terms as vice president of both WEAI and ISNIE begin next July; he will become president in July 2004. Libecap has been on both organizations' boards of directors and has been a WEAI member for 25 years.
WEAI (formerly the Western Economic Association, or WEA) was founded in 1922 to encourage and disseminate economic research and analysis. The 2,000-member association publishes Economic Inquiry and Contemporary Economic Policy and conducts scholarly conferences that are forums for current economic research.
ISNIE was formed in 1996 at the urging of Nobel Prize winners Ronald Coase and Douglass North, who envisioned an international forum for political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, and lawyers, as well as economists in such diverse fields as economic history, law and economics, public policy, industrial organization, business, and microeconomics. Past presidents have included Coase (University of Chicago), North (Washington University), and Oliver Williamson (University of CaliforniaBerkeley). The current president is Claude Ménard (University of Paris); Paul Joskow (M.I.T.) is vice president/president-elect.
In October, Libecap gave the plenary address at the Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Association annual conference in Montreal. He recently completed research for the National Science Foundation on wind erosion and related environmental problems, and he is preparing to do further study regarding policies to promote water transfers in the semiarid western U.S.
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