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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

The Economic History Association Names UA Economics Professor Gary Libecap as New President

Libecap To Lead Three International Economics Organizations

November 18, 2003

University of Arizona, Karl Eller Center director and professor of economics and law Gary Libecap has added another world-renowned organization to the list of organizations for which he serves as president. The Economic History Association has named Libecap as its 2005-06 President.

With this appointment, Libecap will serve as president of the three leading international economics organizations. Libecap was also recently named vice president/president-elect of the influential International Society for New Institutional Economic (ISNIE) and the Western Economics Association International (WEAI). His terms as vice president of both ISNIE and WEAI began in July, 2003; his appointment as president of these associations becomes effective July 2004. Libecap has been an active member of all three organizations and has served on their boards of directors. He has also served as editor of the Journal of Economic History, overseen by the EHA, and has been a member of the WEAI for more than 25 years.

The Economic History Association was founded in 1940. Its purpose is to encourage and promote teaching, research, and publication on every phase of economic history, broadly defined, and to encourage and assist in the preservation and administration of the materials for research in economic history. The Association publishes The Journal of Economic History and a Newsletter, and holds an annual meeting. Research is supported through Arthur H. Cole grants-in-aid. In addition, the Association awards several prizes for publications: the Arthur Cole Prize for the best article published in the Journal each year; the Alice Hanson Jones prize for the best book published biennially in American economic history; and the Gyorgi Ranki prize for the best book published biennially in non-American economic history. The Association awards annually the Alan Nevins prize for the best dissertation in American economic history, and the Alexander Gerschenkron prize for the best dissertation in non-American economic history. The EHA encourages superior teaching by awarding the Jonathan Hughes Prize.

The Journal of Economic History has been published continuously since 1940. It is now published quarterly in March, June, September, and December by Cambridge University Press in cooperation with Stanford University. The JEH seeks to promote the scholarly study of economic aspects of the human past from a diversity of perspectives, notably those of economists and historians, and to stimulate discourse among scholars with varied interests and modes of inquiry.

The Western Economic Association International or 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 (the International Society for New Institutional Economics) 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 California, Berkeley). The current president is Claude Ménard (University of Paris); Paul Joskow (M.I.T.) is vice president/president-elect.

About Gary D. Libecap, Ph.D.

Gary D. Libecap, Anheuser-Busch Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and professor of economics and law, is director of the Karl Eller Center at The University of Arizona's Eller College of Business and Public Adminstration. Libecap came to The University of Arizona in 1984 to establish and develop the Karl Eller Center as the home of the Chris and Carol McGuire Entrepreneurship Program. Under his leadership, the program has gained prominence and acclaim, receiving the model program award from the United States Association for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship.

Libecap, who earned master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, is an international teacher and scholar. In addition to widely recognized research on government regulation and property rights, he has written and contributed to many books, articles, and other studies.

This October 2003, 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.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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