The American Committee on Asian Economic Studies (ACAES) endeavors to promote the study of Asian economies and to encourage scholarly exchange between Asian economists and their counterparts around the world. It does this by:

        • publishing the Journal of Asian Economics (in cooperation with Elsevier);
        • participating in international conferences;
        • organizing a panel at the Allied Social Science Association annual meeting.


Journal of Asian Economics

The Journal of Asian Economics was founded by ACAES in 1990 as a forum for research on all aspects of the economies of Asia. We publish six issues a year with articles on particular themes assembled into virtual special issues. Special issues opened in 2019 are on: "Application of Behavioral Economics to Asia", guest edited by Jie Zheng (Tsinghua University); and "Financial Development in Asian Countries" guest edited by Paulo Regis (Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University). Special issues in the works for 2020 are on: "Issues on Climate Change and Environment in Asian Economies", guest edited by Jr-Tsung Huang (National Chengchi University); and others to come with open Calls for Papers linked in the Announcements panel at right.

JAE is indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (JIF=1.111) and Scopus (CiteScore=1.59). The Journal's RePEc 10-year simple impact factor is 4.2 which places it in the 160s of more than 2000 economics journals ranked by RePEc. By these citation metrics, JAE is the top journal in the field of Asian economic studies.

For more information, see the Journal tab on this site or the Journal’s Elsevier webpage.



ACAES got its start by organizing conferences, initially in the US in the early 1980s, and later in Asia, beginning with events in Hong Kong and Wuhan, China in 1987. Over the decades that followed, the tally reached ten conferences in the US, six in China, two each in Japan and Thailand, and one each in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, and Malaysia.

The early gatherings of American and Asian economists were pathbreaking. Nowadays, however, international conferences in Asia are commonplace. Given the abundance of activity, our current strategy is to coordinate with conference conveners who have an interest in developing special issues of the Journal of Asian Economics. If this seems like a potential fit for your organization, please contact us.

In 2019, ACAES was represented at conferences in the US (January), China (May), Vietnam (June), Taiwan (July), and the Philippines (November). Upcoming for 2020 are conferences in the US (January), the Philippines (January), and Indonesia (August). For details, see the Conference tab on this site. (Two conferences planned for China were canceled due to the coronavirus.)


Allied Social Science Association Panels

As a member of the Allied Social Science Association, ACAES organizes a panel every year at the ASSA annual meeting. At the 2020 meeting in San Diego, our panel was on "Economic Inequality in Asia". The associated virtual special issue of the Journal of Asian Economics, guest edited by James Vere, will roll out during 2020. 

Our topic for the 2021 Chicago meeting is "Economics of Innovation in Asia", call for papers here.