In an effort to improve the process, the American Economic Association (AEA), the leading professional organization for economists, began publishing Job Openings for Economists
Junior Academic Job Market." Job Openings for Economists
104) explain, "A subfield becomes important because the development of tools of analysis or data has reached the point where the time is ripe for advance in the subfield." In their statistical analysis of self-reported classifications of new economists between 1974 and 1988 however, only demand, represented by job openings for economists
, was included as an explanatory variable, and the tests revealed relatively little explanatory power (8 to 20 percent).
academic programs  that advertised positions in the October, November, or December 1995 issues of Job Openings for Economists or any of the July through December 1995 issues of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
(8.) Advertised positions in Job Openings for Economists represented approximately 90 percent of the survey mailings.