Fellowship Elections in the Econometric Society 1933-1948

43 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2015 Last revised: 4 Dec 2015

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Olav Bjerkholt

University of Oslo - Department of Economics; Frisch Centre

Date Written: January 20, 2015


By the constitution of the Econometric Society adopted in 1930 the ultimate power within the Society was vested in the Fellows. Fellowship was thus more than bestowal of honor. The constitution stated that the annual meeting of the Fellows represented the highest authority of the Society. The Fellows elected the Council which again elected the President and other Officers of the Society. At irregular intervals the Fellows elected new Fellows among those nominated for fellowship by the Council. Eligibility for nomination required membership for at least one year and having “published original contributions to economic theory, or to such statistical, mathematical, or accounting analyses as have a definite bearing on problems in economic theory.” The first group of Fellows was elected by the Council in 1933, as there was not yet an electorate of Fellows. The article gives an account of the early fellowship elections from 1933 to 1948 with regard to election and nomination procedures, including the flaws that happened, and draws on hitherto unpublished material and correspondence.

Keywords: Econometric Society

JEL Classification: B23, B25

Suggested Citation

Bjerkholt, Olav, Fellowship Elections in the Econometric Society 1933-1948 (January 20, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2552778 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2552778

Olav Bjerkholt (Contact Author)

University of Oslo - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 1095 Blindern
N-0317 Oslo

Frisch Centre ( email )

Gaustadalleen 21
N-0317 Oslo

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