Since its founding in 1995, the Society of Labor Economists has sought to promote the study of labor economics and to make more significant the contribution of labor economics and labor economists. The Society, its members and officers organize meetings, publicize work by labor economists, and aspire to provide appropriate recognition to labor economics.
The Journal of Labor Economics is the official journal of the Society.
All individual subscribers to the Journal of Labor Economics are also members of the Society of Labor Economists. A subscriber who does not wish to be a member of the Society should notify the Society in writing and will be dropped from Society rolls. Membership is otherwise coincident with subscription to the Journal of Labor Economics. When a subscription lapses, so does membership in the Society.
Since one purpose of the Society is to promote the discussion of labor economics, periodic meetings will be held. The Society will hold a general meeting each year, at which members’ papers will be presented and discussed. The Society may also choose to hold additional meetings or to sponsor sessions at meetings arranged by other organizations.
The Society shall have an Executive Board consisting of a President, a President-elect, and a Vice President, and four elected Board members who serve fixed two-year terms. In addition, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Labor Economics and a senior executive staff member appointed by the National Opinion Research Center shall serve on the Board in ex officio (non-voting) capacities for as long as they shall hold their respective positions.
IV.A. Terms of Office and Rotation
The term of the Vice President shall begin July 1st of the year elected and end on June 30th of the following year, at which time the Vice President becomes President-elect.
The term of the President-elect shall begin July 1st of the year after being elected Vice President and end on June 30th of the following year, at which time the President-elect becomes President.
The term of the President shall begin July 1st of the year after serving as President-elect and end on June 30th of the following year, at which time the President's service on the Executive Board ends.
The terms of Executive Board Members shall begin July 1st of the year elected and end on June 30th two years hence.
IV.B. Duties of the Executive Board and Officers
The Executive Board shall perform the following duties annually:
1. Ensure that the Society conducts a meeting every calendar year, normally before June 30th. The organization of this meeting is primarily the responsibility of the President-elect; however, in the event that the President-elect cannot organize the meeting, it shall be organized by a committee appointed by the Executive Board.
2. Approve plans to hold additional meetings or to sponsor sessions at meetings arranged by other organizations.
3. Conduct an in-person formal meeting during the Society’s annual meeting at which the Society’s business for the year is reviewed. All other meetings of the Executive Board may be conducted in any manner as the President may designate, for example, but not limited to, electronic mail or telephone.
4. Oversee the election for Vice President and new Executive Board members as specified in Section V.
5. Approve the dates and venues of future meetings of the Society according to a schedule that is at least three years but no more than five years in the future as of the date of the annual meeting of the Executive Board.
6. Conduct an election of new Fellows according to the procedures in Section V.
7. Oversee the selection of the winners of the Society’s awards according to the procedures in Section VI.
The President shall serve as a voting member and as Chair of the Executive Board, oversee the budgetary matters of the Society (revenues and expenditures), convene the Society’s annual meeting, conduct the election of Officers and new Fellows as specified in Sections V and VI, and give a Presidential Address at the meeting held during the year in which he or she is President.
The President-elect shall serve as a voting member of the Executive Board and shall organize the Society’s annual meeting, including managing all invited papers, contributed papers, and posters to be presented and including any invited lecturers.
The Vice President shall serve on the Executive Board as a voting member, serve on the Board of the Journal of Labor Economics from the date of their assumption of the Vice-Presidency to the June 30 two years hence, and perform those duties as the Board shall assign.
The Executive Board members shall serve on the Board as voting members and shall perform those duties as the Board shall assign.
There are no other voting members of the Executive Board.
IV.C. Exceptional Provisions for the Executive Board
In the event that the Society, for reasons outside the scope of these Bylaws, is prevented from having its annual meeting before June 30th, the terms of all sitting Board members shall be extended until the last day of the delayed annual meeting, and the terms of new Executive Board members shall begin on the day following the conclusion of the annual meeting.
V. Election and Nomination of Officers
V.A. Normal Nomination and Election Procedures
Annually, between January 1st and March 31st, the Executive Board shall nominate a candidate for Vice President, and four or more candidates for the Executive Board. This slate must be approved by a majority of the voting members of the Executive Board. An election then shall be conducted among the membership. Members may vote for or against the nominee for the office of Vice President. In the event that the nominee does not receive the approval of a majority of voting members, the Executive Board shall nominate a new candidate and conduct a second election using the same procedure.
During the same annual election, members also may vote for up to two of the nominees for Executive Board, and the two nominees who receive the highest numbers of votes shall be elected to the Board.
VI. Election of New Fellows and Selection of Other Award Winners
VI.A. New Fellow Election Procedure
Each year the President shall organize an election for new Fellows of the Society. By the honorary title of Fellow, the Society recognizes labor economists who have made contributions of unusual distinction to the field. Nominations may be made by any current Fellow. Nominations shall consist of a submission by the nominator of the candidate's name and a short summary of the qualifications of the candidate.
The electorate shall consist of all Fellows of the Society. The electorate shall receive a list of the candidates' names, their affiliations, the names of their nominators, and (if submitted) summaries of their qualifications. If the number of nominees is deemed sufficiently large, the President shall organize a first-round election in which Fellows may vote for a number of candidates, and the candidates with the highest number of votes shall be retained for a second round. In the final round of voting, Fellows may vote for a number of unique candidates and the candidates with the highest number of votes will become new Fellows, subject to the requirement that the nominated fellow appear on at least 45% of the ballots cast in the final round. Up to five new Fellows may be selected each year, and this is the maximum number of candidates for whom a sitting Fellow may vote in any second-round election.
VI.B.1. The H. Gregg Lewis Prize for an outstanding article in the Journal of Labor Economics.
To be awarded biennially in even-numbered years for the best paper in the Journal in the two preceding calendar years by a nominating committee appointed by the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Normally, the most recent recipient of the award shall be included in the nominating committee.
VI.B.2. The Sherwin Rosen Prize for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Labor Economics
To be awarded biennially in even-numbered years, if a suitable nominee is found, by a committee appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Board. The cited works for which the award is given must have been completed within twelve (12) years of the recipient's first full-time employment after completion of graduate studies. Timing is loosely defined and may be interpreted by the Nomination Committee. Although there is no specific requirement, in most cases part of the cited works will have appeared in the Society's journal, the Journal of Labor Economics.
VI.B.3. The Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Labor Economics
To be awarded annually, if a suitable nominee is found, by a committee appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Board.
VI.B.4. The SOLE Prize for Contributions to Data and Measurement
Recognizing the importance of data and measurement to the understanding of the labor market, the Society of Labor Economists will award a prize for exemplary contributions to the development of new data sets, new approaches to measurement or innovations in data collection. The prize may be awarded either to an individual or to a group. The winner or winners will be recognized at the annual meeting of the Society in the year in which the prize is awarded. To be awarded biennially in odd-numbered years, if a suitable nominee or nominees are found, by a committee appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Board.
These bylaws are ratified if 50% plus one of the members voting on the resolution to ratify vote “yes.”
The membership ratified the Bylaws on June 15, 2019 by a vote of 334-1.