The mission of the Society is to extend, mutatis mutandis, the General Scope of the Journal of Productivity Analysis (http://www.springer.com/economics/microeconomics/journal/11123). The Society will promote and diffuse the study of theoretical and applied research addressing the measurement, analysis, and improvements in productivity and its components, particularly innovation and efficiency. It will be a Society that supports and fosters research that uses theory and empirical techniques to the measurement of productivity and sets forth implications for managerial strategies and public policy to enhance productivity. The Society’s broad scope spans economics, management sciences, operations research, and business and public administration. A partial list of topics includes productivity theory, organizational design, index number theory, and related foundations of productivity analysis, research on computational methods employed in productivity analysis and empirical research based on data at all levels of aggregation.
The Society will facilitate the following activities, among possibly others as the Society evolves:
The Society will be formally linked to our three international meetings in terms of planning and advertising and will also be responsible for coordinating other ad hoc conferences and new international ones as the need arises. A conference that would be held in Central and South America is one such conference that may be organized to represent scholars and policy issues from that region of the world.
An Affiliation agreement with Springer Nature has been negotiated that provides members of the Society with electronic subscriptions to the Journal of Productivity Analysis for US$10 annually. Society Members may also receive an annual subscription for the print edition of the journal for US$50. Since a large number of potential members already have access to the JPA via JSTOR we hope this will encourage those in research settings, public policy, business, or whose libraries do not have the resources for JSTOR to also join the Society. Also, the Society will make recommendations to Springer for editorial leadership of the Journal of Productivity Analysis.
The Society will have a coordinator for its website and staff to assist in its day to day operations. Rice University’s Department of Economics is the current location of the Society as our application for IRS 501 c (3) status as a nonprofit requires a location for the Society. Moreover, it also requires that the Society has officers and thus in its first year, before formal voting on officers is undertaken (as spelled out in the By-Laws) Robin Sickles (former Editor-in-Chief of the JPA), William Greene (current Editor-in-Chief of the JPA) and Valentin Zelenyuk (at the time we began the formal process of applying for ISEPA’s nonprofit status he was Director of the Center for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (CEPA) at the University of Queensland) will continue in their roles as the principals of the Society. A new Board of Officers and the Executive Board will be voted on within the first year of our being granted nonprofit status as explained in the By-Laws.
In putting together the business plan for the Society we have suggested to the current local organizers of the upcoming EWEPA, APPC, and NAPW that they tie the Society annual registration fees to conference registration fees. One option is that we could give the participants a reduction in their fees if they were members of the Society and the conference could share the revenues. Such arrangements in one form or another are prevalent in major international conferences representing a Society. Details have not yet been worked out at this time and are not a part of our draft budget.
The governance of the Society is modelled after a number of other professional Societies, such as the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE), (http://www.sole-jole.org/bylaws.htm), the International Society for Applied Econometrics (https://www.appliedeconometrics.org/), and the Society for Economic Measurement (https://sem.society.cmu.edu/home.html), among others.