Joining the North American Association of Sports Economists

Posted on July 8, 2009 by

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This past week I was elected President of the North American Association of Sports Economists (I will be the third president in the history of this organization, following Dennis Coates and Brad Humphreys). 

NAASE was founded in 2007 in an effort to further advance the field of sports economics.  Part of this effort is directed towards other economists.  Just like other academics, much of what we say in sports economics is intended as part of a larger conversation with our fellow economists.

Sports economics, though, is different from many other fields in economics.  As the following blogs illustrate, non-economists are often very interested in the research findings offered in our field.

Sabernomics

The Sports Economist

Sports Labor Relations

International Journal of Sport Finance Blog

Given this interest, I thought I would discuss how one can join NAASE.  We would certainly encourage any economist with an interest in sports to join our organization.  And you don’t have to live and work in North America to qualify.  A number of economists from outside North American have already joined.

In addition to encouraging all economists to join, we would also encourage non-economists to join NAASE. As is the case with the American Economic Association, membership in NAASE is open to non-academics.  So if you are interested in sports economics research you are invited to become an NAASE member.

Here are the membership details.  Membership costs $50 per year.  For this membership one receives an entire year of the Journal of Sports Economics (JSE costs $30 while membership is technically just $20 per year).  JSE is the first academic journal in the field of sports economics. Like many academic journals, the per-issue cost can be quite high.  According to Sage (the company that publishes JSE), one issue of JSE costs $22.  So if one was to purchase a year of JSE – or six issues – one would be paying $132.  Membership in JSE reduces that price substantially.

Six issues of JSE in 2008 contained – by my count – 37 original articles (and 670 pages of content).  So if you look at the cost per article, membership in NAASE results in a cost of less than $1 per article.  Again, quite a bargain (by academic standards). One should note that academic journals do not pay authors (and NAASE doesn’t pay its President either).  So the money you pay to the JSE does not end up with the authors who publish in the journal (I am not sure where the money goes, but I can assure you it doesn’t go to the researchers).

Once again, the NAASE was founded to promote work in sports economics.  Part of that work is to bring the research in the field to a wider audience.  So if you are interested in seeing this work (and not just the less rigorous stuff found in this forum) then I would encourage you to join by following the link below:

Membership in the North American Association of Sports Economists

Update: I forgot to mention that student membership is $40.  So students get a 20% discount.

– DJ

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