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On October 1, 2003, the SOLE membership voted 122-21 to Amend the Bylaws as follows:

I. FELLOWS OF THE SOCIETY OF LABOR ECONOMISTS

By the honorary title of Fellow, the Society recognizes labor economists who have made contributions of unusual distinction to the field. Fellows are to be selected through a process of nomination and election by previous Fellows, as described below. Fellowship for non-members will be conditional on joining the Society after election. Election is open to scholars from any country.

1. Initial Fellows

Initial Fellows shall consist of all individuals who have been elected officers of the Society. After enactment of this amendment, those elected to office in the Society shall automatically be named a Fellow.

2. Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be made by any current Fellow. Nomination will consist of a submission by three current Fellows of the candidate’s name and not more than five (5) of his or her most important works.

3. Election Procedure

The electorate shall consist of all Fellows of the Society. The electorate shall be sent the list of the candidates’ names, their affiliation, the names of their nominators, and a list of the works cited by the nominators.

Subject to receiving a simple majority of the ballots submitted, with blanks counted as negative, the candidates receiving the largest number of affirmative votes are elected. For the first five (5) election cycles after enactment of the Fellows Program, the nine (9) candidates receiving the largest number of affirmative votes shall be elected. Thereafter, the three (3) candidates receiving the largest number of affirmative votes shall be elected. During the first five (5) election cycles, if there are ties for the ninth (9th) affirmative rank, all of the tied candidates shall be elected and, beginning with the sixth (6th) election cycle, when there are ties for the third (3rd) affirmative rank, all tied candidates shall be elected.

Initial Fellows:

Orley Ashenfelter Dan Hamermesh
Gary S. Becker Edward P. Lazear
Francine D. Blau John Pencavel
Ronald Ehrenberg Finis Welch
Richard Freeman  

On February 25, 2004 the Fellows elected the following new Fellows:

George Borjas Walter Oi
Reuben Gronau Melvin Reder
Henry Farber Robert Topel
James J. Heckman Robert Willis
Jacob Mincer  

On April 25, 2005, the Fellows elected the following new Fellows:

Glen Cain Dale Mortensen
David Card Kevin M. Murphy
Victor Fuchs Robert Pollak
Claudia Goldin Jim Smith
Lawrence Katz Yoram Weiss

On November 7, 2005, the Fellows elected the following new Fellows:

Joseph Altonji Janet Currie
Joshua Angrist Robert Hall
Rebecca Blank Eric Hanushek
Richard Blundell Alan Krueger
Charles Brown Thomas MaCurdy
  Robert Moffitt

On November 29, 2006, the Fellows elected the following new Fellows:

John Abowd George Johnson
Katharine Abraham Steven Nickell
Daron Acemoglu Mark Rosenzweig
George Akerlof Frank Stafford
John Bound  

 

On March 6, 2008, the Fellows elected the following new Fellows:

Kenneth Burdett Shelly Lundberg
Robert Gibbons Marjorie McElroy
Lawrence Kahn Derek Neal
John Kennan Christopher Pissarides
Richard Layard Kathryn Shaw
  Gary Solon

 

On April 1, 2009, the Fellows elected the following new Fellows:

David Autor
Pierre-Andre Chiappori
Thomas Lemieux

 

On April 5, 2010, the Fellows elected the following new Fellows:

Kevin Lang
Robert Michael
Chris Taber

On February 27, 2011 the Fellows elected the following new Fellows:

Steve Machin
Costas Meghir
Petra Todd

 

On March 22, 2012 the Fellows elected the following new Fellows:

Marianne Bertrand
W. Bentley MacLeod
Robert Shimer

On February 14, 2013 the Fellows elected the following new Fellows:

John DiNardo
John Haltiwanger
Richard Murnane
Canice Prendergast
John Van Reenen

On February 6, 2014 the Fellows elected the following new Fellows:

Alan Manning
Enrico Moretti