Since 1996, SOLE has promoted the study of labor economics and enhanced the contribution of labor economics and labor economists to the field. Presentation of research at SOLE's annual meeting (held each spring and attracting over 400 participants) is open to all labor economists everywhere in the world, with the goal of attracting the broadest possible participation regardless of institutional affiliation or seniority. SOLE has been affiliated with the European Association of Labor Economics (EALE) since 2000, and the two organizations hold a joint meeting every five years, attracting over 500 participants and featuring 400 academic presentations.