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 in Maastricht, Netherlands (1982), Akron, Ohio, USA (1984), Avignon, France (1986), Ottawa, Canada (1988), Umea, Sweden (1990) and Fort Worth, Texas, USA (1992). In 1993, the ACE was transformed into the presently organized ACEI as a membership society with the election for officers and the adoption of the constitution.

Later that year, the ACEI entered into an agreement with Kluwer Academic Publishers, which had acquired the Journal of Cultural Economics from Professor Hendon, under which the Journal became the official journal of the Association. Kluwer was taken over by Springer in 2005.

Prizes and honours

Every 2 years to coincide with the ACEI Biennial Conference the  following prizes are awarded.

Presidents’ Prize

 Award for the best paper by a young scholar at the ACEI biennial conference. 

 Prize: USD 1,000 plus publication in the Journal of Cultural Economics (subject to revisions as directed) with special mention upon publication of being the Prize winner.

Eligibility criteria: At least one of the co-authors on the paper is a young scholar. This applies to all graduate students plus early career scholars who are within early stages of their career after recently completing their Doctorate.

Selection process: The Presidents’ Prize is determined by the more recent Past President, the current Present and the future President or President-elect of the ACEI. The 3 Presidents will meet with one or both of the co-editors of the Journal of Cultural Economics to select the winner.

Pommerehne Prize

Award for the best paper of the past two years (i.e., between the two biennial conferences) in the Journal of Cultural Economics.

Prize: USD 1,000 plus special mention of being the Prize winner.

Eligibility criteria: All papers published in the Journal of Cultural Economics over period since the last conference at which the previous Pommerehne Prize was awarded Prize will be automatically eligible for consideration.

Selection process: The Journal of Cultural Economics Co-editors will recommend the Pommerehne Prize winner to the Executive Board of the ACEI for the Board to ratify. In the case where the co-editors are unable to made a clear recommendation, a short-list of candidates will be provided to the Executive Board. The Board members will be expected to read the papers and vote to determine the prize winner.

In addition, commencing in 2021 a new prize has been created specifically to recognise the Best Paper at the Young Researchers Workshop.  Details of the new prize are provided below:

Young Researchers Workshop Best Paper Award

Awarded to the best full paper submitted to the Young Researcher Workshop

Prize: USD 500 and special mention during the ACEI Conference General Assembly meeting and on the ACEI website

Eligibility criteria: Papers accepted for the ACEI Young Researchers Workshop (YRW) are eligible for the Best Paper Award. All full papers submitted by the deadline will enter the competition, unless the author of a paper explicitly opts out of the procedure (via email to the facilitator of the YRW before the full paper submission deadline). The criteria correspond to the Aims & Scope of the Journal of Cultural Economics. The winner of the YRW Best Paper Award is announced during the ACEI General Assembly and on the ACEI website. The winner also receives US$500. Furthermore, the editors of the Journal of Cultural Economics jointly decide whether the winning paper enters the reviewing process for publication in that journal.

The facilitator of the YRW and the editors of the Journal of Cultural Economics jointly determine the winner of the YRW Best Paper Award. The decision is made in a closed meeting after the YRW has taken place and before the ACEI General Assembly. The winner is determined via a majority vote, with the YRW facilitator and the journal editors each casting one vote. In case of a voting tie or any other problem for this committee to nominate a winner, they may involve the current ACEI President and President elect to also cast a vote on a shortlist of eligible papers.

Previous winners of the Pommerehne Prize

Artworks without names: an insight into the market for anonymous paintings,” Anne-Sophie Radermecker. Vol. 43, no. 3, September 2019
Prices for superstars can flatten out,” Luc Champarnaud. Vol. 38, no. 4, November 2014
Digital complements or substitutes? A quasi-field experiment from the Royal National Theatre,” Hasan Bakhshi & David Throsby. Vol. 38, no. 1, February 2014
Selling less of more? The impact of digitization on record companies,” Marc Bourreau, Michel Gensollen, Francois Moreau, & Patrick Waelbroeck. Vol. 37, no. 3, August 2013
The impact of the Droit de Suite in the UK: An empirical analysis,” Chanont Banternghansa & Kathryn Graddy. Vol. 35, no. 2, May 2011
Product differentiation and film-programming choice: Do first-run movie theatres show the same films?,” Darlene C. Chisholm, Margaret S. McMillan, & George Norman. Vol. 34, no. 2, May 2012
Art versus commerce in the movie industry: A two-path model of motion picture success,” Morris Holbrook & Michela Addis. Vol. 32, no. 2, June 2008
Distributors and film critics: Does it take two to tango?,” S. Abraham Ravid, John K. Wald, & Suman Basuroy. Vol. 30, no. 3, December 2006
Employing travel time to compare the value of competing cultural organizations,” Jaap Boter, Jan Rouwendal, & Michel Wedel, Vol. 29, no. 1, February 2005
Using stated-preference questions to investigate variations in willingness to pay for preserving marble monuments: Classic heterogeneity, random parameters, and mixture models”, Edward Morey & Kathleen Greer Rossmann. Vol. 27, no. 3-4, November 2003
Efficiency and inefficiency in the ranking in competitions: The case of the Queen Elisabeth Music Contest,” Herbert Glejser & Bruno Heyndels. Vol. 25, no. 2, May 2001

Previous winners of the Presidents’ Prize

Measuring changes in subjective well-being from engagement in the arts, culture and sport,” Daniel Wheatley (University of Birmingham) & Craig Bickerton (Nottingham Trent University)
Fairness constraints on profit-seeking: Evidence from the German club concert industry,” Hendrik Sonnabend (FernUniversitat, Hagen)
Time spent on new songs: Word-of-mouth and price effects on teenager consumption,” Noemi Berlin (University of Edinburgh), Anna Bernard (University of Paris-I), & Guillaume Furst (University of Geneva)
Effects of culture on firm risk-taking: A cross-country and cross-industry analysis,” Roxana Mihet (University of Oxford)
“Clustering does not always benefit the artistic output: New evidence for classical composers,” Karol Jan Borowiecki (Trinity College, Dublin)
Estimation of demand function for German public theatre: The importance of allocation of leisure time and quality factors for the consumption of performing arts,” Marta Zieba (Trinity College, Dublin)
The sales effect of word of mouth: A model for creative goods and estimates for novels,” Jonathan Beck (Wissenschaftzentrum Berlin, Humboldt University)
Art for the masses? Justification for the public support of the arts in developing countries: Arts festivals in South Africa,” Jeanette Snowball (Rhodes University, South Africa)
“De Re Coquinaria: The recipe for success in french gastronomy, does creativity matter?” Veronique Chossat (University of Rheims) & Olivier Gergaud (University of Rheims and University of Paris-I)
The determinants of artistic innovation: Bringing in the role of organizations,” Xavier Castañer (University of Minnesota) & Lorenzo Campos (iSOCO, Spain)

Previous conferences

The ACEI has organized plenary conferences biennially and occasional workshops and symposia. Papers from these meetings have often been published in the Journal of Cultural Economics (JCE); for some, a book has also been edited by the conference organiser(s).

20th ACEI International Conference, Melbourne, Australia
(abstracts available here; draft papers available here )
19th ACEI International Conference, Valladolid, Spain
(papers available here)
18th ACEI International Conference, Montreal, Canada
(papers available here)
17th ACEI International Conference, Kyoto, Japan
16th ACEI International Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
15th ACEI International Conference, Boston, USA
14th ACEI International Conference, Vienna, Austria
13th ACEI International Conference, Chicago, USA
12th ACEI International Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands
11th ACEI International Conference, Minneapolis, USA
(plenary papers published in JCE, vol. 25, no. 4, 2001)
10th ACEI International Conference, Barcelona, Spain
(plenary papers published in JCE, vol. 23 nos. 1-2, 1999)
9th ACEI International Conference, Boston, USA
(plenary papers published in JCE, vol. 20 no. 3, 1996)
8th ACEI International Conference, Witten/Herdecke, Germany

Previous workshops and symposia

ACEI co-sponsored the South American Workshop on Cultural Economics with Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, December 5-6.
ACEI co-sponsored the Fifth North American Workshop on Cultural Economics with the Southern Economic Association (running as part of the Southern Economic Association Conference), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, November 23-25.
ACEI co-sponsored the Ninth European Workshop on Applied Cultural Economics with Copenhagen Business School and the University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen, September 5-7.
ACEI co-sponsored the Fifth Asian Workshop on Cultural Economics with RMIT University, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, July 10-12.
ACEI co-sponsored the Third European Workshop on Applied Cultural Economics in Oviedo, Spain, June 14-16 (for information contact Professor Roberto Zanola).
ACEI co-sponsored the International Conference on Copyright and Cultural Industries with Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands (papers published in Towse, R. (ed.) 2002. Copyright in the Cultural Industries, Edward Elgar Publishing).
ACEI co-sponsored a symposium ‘Artists’ Career Development, Artists’ Labour Markets Support and Policies for Artists’ with the Japanese Association of Cultural Economists, Tokyo (papers available in a proceedings volume).
ACEI co-sponsored a weekend conference on the Economics of Museums with the Department of Economics at the University of Durham, UK (papers published in JCE vol 22. Nos.2-3, 1998).
ACEI co-sponsored the Workshop on the Economics of Artists and Art Policy with the Arts Council of Finland in Helsinki, Finland (papers published in Heikkinen, M. and T. Koskinen (eds.) 1998. Economics of Artists and Arts Policy, Arts Council of Finland, Helsinki).
ACEI co-sponsored the International Symposium on Economic Perspectives of Cultural Heritage with the University of Catania, Italy (papers published in Hutter, M. and I. Rizzo (eds.) 1997. Economic Perspectives on Cultural Heritage, Macmillan).