The purpose of the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) is to promote scholarly investigation of issues involved in the economics of the arts and cultural activities.
ACEI provides opportunities for sharing the results of this research to:
- members of the academic community
- the community of arts and heritage organizations
- the community of arts practitioners
- the community of the artists
- other interested parties.
Who we are
The ACEI is a membership organisation that brings together a diverse range of scholars and practitioners from around the world that share an interest in research about economic aspects of the arts and culture.
The methods and approaches used in research is not strictly limited to economics and the Association welcomes contributions from a range of disciplines that facilitate a better understanding of economic, business, social and policy aspects related to the arts and culture.
The ACEI has an active membership spread around the globe and welcomes new members.
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From July 2021 the Executive Board of the ACEI is :
- Trine Bille: President (2021-23), Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
- TBA pending ACEI election outcome, President-Elect (2021-23)
- Alan Collins: Past President (2021-23), Nottingham Trent University, UK
- Bronwyn Coate: Executive Secretary-Treasurer (2019-), RMIT University, Melbourne.
In addition to the current office bearers, the following ACEI members play an active role in the management of the Association and serve as members of the Executive Board.
- TBA pending ACEI election outcome
- TBA pending ACEI election outcome
- Christian Handke, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Christiane Hellmanzik, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany
- Luis Cesar Herrero, University of Valladolid, Spain
- Elisabetta Lazzaro, University for the Creative Arts, UK
- Ana Flávia Machado, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
- Jordi McKenzie, Macquarie University, Australia
- Douglas Noonan, Indiana University, USA
In addition to elected officers and board members, the Association recognises the contributions made to advancing cultural economics through the award of Honorary fellowships with the Association.
Honorary fellows and the year they have been recognised with this award by the ACEI are:
- Professor John O’Hagan 2021
- Professor Françoise Benhamou 2021
- Professor William Baumol 2016
- Professor Ruth Towse 2016
- Professor Victor Ginsburgh 2012
- Professor Bruno S. Frey 2010
- Professor David Throsby 2008
- Professor Dick Netzer 1998
- Professor Sir Alan Peacock 1996
The ACEI Constitution outlines how the Association is governed and includes details about the election and appointment of office bearers and Board members as well as detailing the mission and purpose of the Association.
As a membership society the ACEI is governed by a constitution and its elected officers. Elections take place following the plenary conference. The President, President-Elect and Past President each hold office for two years; members of the Executive Board hold office for six years and two are elected every two years. It´s the ACEI´s policy to encourage broad international participation in all its offices. The President-Elect is responsible for the programme for the next biennial conference and becomes President at the Annual General Meeting held during that conference.
In 1973, Professor William Hendon of the University of Akron, Ohio, founded the Journal of Cultural Economics and he organized the first international conference on cultural economics, at Edinburgh in 1979. He also started an Association for Cultural Economics (ACE) that held conferences in collaboration with host organizations.
Conferences were held in:
- Maastricht, Netherlands (1982)
- Akron, Ohio, USA (1984)
- Avignon, France (1986)
- Ottawa, Canada (1988)
- Umea, Sweden (1990)
- Fort Worth, Texas, USA (1992)
In 1993, the ACE was transformed to recognise the international spread and focus of the Association to become the presently recognised Association for Cultural Economic International (ACEI).
The current ACEI exists as a membership society with the election for officers and the adoption of a constitution.
Later in 1993, the ACEI entered into an agreement with Kluwer Academic Publishers, which had acquired the Journal of Cultural Economics from Professor Hendon. At this time the Journal became the official journal of the Association. Kluwer was taken over by Springer in 2005 and to this day remains the publisher of the journal for the Association. The ACEI recommends the appointment of the Editors of the Journal of Cultural Economics.