Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00471 - Canadian Economics Association Papers

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Canadian Economics Association Papers


  • 1967-2004 (Creation)

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27 boxes; 4 filing cabinets (13.96 m of textual records)

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The Canadian Economics Association/Association canadienne d’économique (CEA) was originally part of the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) founded in 1913. The separate association emerged in 1967 as a result of a decision made by economists,political scientists, and sociologists to create separate societies to represent their interests.

The CEA held its founding meeting at Carleton University in June 1967, organized by a sub-committee of the CPSA. The constitution of the CEA was approved and the first slate of officers elected at that meeting. The object of the organization, as stated in its 1990 constitution, is as follows: the advancement of economic knowledge through the encouragement of study and research, the issuing of publications, and the furtherance of free and informed discussion of economic questions. The Association as such will not assume a partisan position upon any question of practical politics nor commit its members to any position thereon.

The CEA is comprised mainly of academic economists. As of early 2007 there were approximately 1400 members. The organization is governed by an elected president and an executive council that is selected by a nominating committee. In addition to the nominating committee, the organization maintains a committee for economic history, prize committees, and others established on an ad hoc basis. Since its inception, the CEA has recognized French and English as its official languages. As noted in more detail below, the CEA is involved in the publication of two journals, the Canadian Journal of Economics/ Revue canadienne d’économique and Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques, as well as a semi-annual newsletter, begun in 1990, and member directory (the latter now published in the Web).

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Gift of the Canadian Economics Association, 2005

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Files were created by the CEA secretary-treasurers, four of whom are represented in the fonds. The records focus on administration and finances, primarily the organization of annual and executive meetings, financial reports, day-to-day accounts, bank and investment statements, and grant applications to government funding agencies. Also included are items relating to the CEA's membership in organizations such as the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the International Economics Association, and the International Economic History Association.

Files relating to annual meetings and the twice-yearly meetings of the executive council are extensive and include agendas and other meeting documents, local arrangements, travel grant applications and expense claims, minutes, and follow-up reports. Files from various committees of the association are also present. The administrative files also include general correspondence, membership information, and directories.

Financial documents included in the Secretary-Treasurers’ Series include financial statements, bank statements, cancelled cheques, cheque books and stubs, receipts, bank books, receipt books and copies of taxation forms such as T5s. The CEA publishes the Canadian Journal of Economics and is a sponsor of the Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques. Files for the two journals deal primarily with administration and finances, for instance, the appointment of editors, monthly expense reports, grant applications, revenue statements, correspondence with publishers (particularly concerning costs of publication and distribution), etc. There are very few purely editorial files (that is, submissions to the journals, readers’ reports, manuscripts, proofs, etc.).

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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