The American Committee on Asian Economic Studies (ACAES) endeavors to promote the study of Asian economies and to facilitate 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 for 2018 pertain to “Lessons from High Frequency Financial Market Analysis”, guest edited by Mardi Dungey (University of Tasmania), and “Trade, Industrialization, and Structural Reform in Southeast Asia”, guest edited by Tomoo Kikuchi (Nanyang Technological University).

JAE ranks in the 150s range of more than 2000 economics journals tracked by IDEAS/RePEc having achieved a 10-year simple impact factor of 3.6. This places it at the top of the field for journals in Asian economic studies. JAE is indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (JIF=1.111) and Scopus (CiteScore=1.59).

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. In view of 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 is being represented at conferences in the US (January), China (May), Vietnam (June), Taiwan (July), and the Philippines (November). For details, see the Conference tab on this site.


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 2019 meeting in Atlanta, our panel was on "Application of Behavioral Economics to Asia". The associated virtual special issue of the Journal of Asian Economics, guest edited by Professor Jie Zheng (Tsinghua University), is now taking shape online.

Our topic for the 2020 San Diego meeting is "Economic Inequality in Asia", program here.