Middle East Economic Association


About Us

The Middle East Economic Association (MEEA) is a private, non-profit, non-political organization of scholars interested in the study of the economies and economics of the Middle East. The geographical term "Middle East" is used in its widest usage. Its objectives shall be:

  • promotion of high standard scholarship,
  • facilitation of communication among scholars through meetings and publications, and
  • promotion of cooperation among persons and organizations committed to the objectives of MEEA.


➤ Upcoming Conferences

16th MEEA International Conference

May 18-20
Ankara, Turkey

92nd WEAI Annual Conference

June 25-29
San Diego, CA

38th MEEA Annual Meeting

Jan. 4-7, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

➤ Other Conferences

IIEA 5th International Conference

March 8-9, 2018
Amsterdam, Holland
Deadline for submission of Abstracts: April 28, 2017
Call for papers




MEEA organizes two conferences annually and actively participates in WEAI annual meeting. See conferences for more information.


Every year, MEEA offers two sets of awards: Ibn Khaldun Prize for the best paper(s) presented in one of MEEA conferences, and Travel Grants offered to a promising young scholar to attend the MEEA Annual Meetings. For more information, see awards.


MEEA has an online journal, Topics in Middle Eastern and North African Economies, dedicated to best papers presented in its conferences. 




Middle East Economic Association Newsletter covers the past and future activities of the organization in detail. You can find them here.


The organizations structure and procedures is defined in its bylaws which you can find here.

Officers and Board of Directors

The president, the executive secretary, and the treasurer are the officers of the organization. You can see their profiles here.The board of directors shall consist of nine voting members: the three officers and the six members. Past presidents can serve in the board as non-voting ex-officio members.The current members of board of directors are listed here.


With them the seed of Wisdom did I sow,
And with mine own hand wrought to make it grow
— Omar Khayyam