The Adriatic Economic Association (AEA) is a network for excellence in economic research focused on the South Eastern European (SEE) region. It is a community of scholars dedicated to producing high quality scientific output in the field of social sciences, with an emphasis on economics. It is however not limited to social sciences, as its research efforts expand into complex systems, mechanism design, networks, neuroeconomics, etc.
The main goal of the AEA is to become the forefront of academic research in the SEE region, and is dedicated to connecting top scholars originating from the region but either living and working at top institutions abroad, or working at domestic institutions but lacking a stimulative enough environment to further their research interests. Furthermore by connecting the best researchers and scholars from the region we will focus our energy into re-shaping the institutional foundations of our societies. This implies using high-quality scientific research and access to big data to expose corruption, nepotism and inefficiencies, demand more political accountability, improve policy-making by promoting scientific-based solutions, improve academic and scientific standards in the region, and educate the general population in order to help build a better functioning democracy.
Members of the AEA can only be scholars with a proven record in top-tier academic publishing, coming from the top economic departments and institutions all over the world. However members also must be scholars originating from the SEE region, which includes the following countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and Romania. Scholars from other countries can be a part of the Association, however not as regular members, but as members of the Scientific Committee, provided they too adhere to the rigorous academic standards propagated by the Association.