The International Association of Sport Economists was created in Limoges (France) in 1999. The current President is Placido Rodriguez who succeeded to P. Staudohar, W.Andreff and R. Baade. Currently IASE is made up of 70 members coming from more than 20 countries.
Purposes of IASE (extract of the status):
¨ Promote the economics of sport
¨ Encourage academic exchanges among researchers
¨ Offer to members all the necessary means to improve their knowledge and skills in the economics of sport
¨ Supply expert analyses in the field of the economics of sport
Historical background :
Perceiving the need for an organization to facilitate the exchange of ideas regarding the economics of sport, economists at the CDES convened the first international summer school for sports economists on 1st-2nd July 1999 in Limoges, which brought together 22 participants from various parts of the world.
The days were organised around three issues: to take stock of sports economics in the different countries represented; to discuss professional sport; and to found an international association. After many rewarding exchanges relating to comparing the organisational models in Europe and in the U.S.A., to analysing the labour market in professional sport, to financing professional sport and to the new role of the media, the meetings ended by setting up of the International Association of Sports Economists (I.A.S.E.).
From the beginning, the Association has diversified its activities:
- organising an annual Conference: Lisbon (2000); Malaga (2001); New York (2002); Neuchâtel (2003); Athens (2004); Ottawa (2005); Bochum (2006); Dayton (2007); Gijon (2008), Stellenbosch (2009), Portland (2010); Prague (2011); London (2012).
- collaborating with the Journal of Sport Economics;
- circulating information amongst members;
- members of the Association participating in joint publications;
- and opening a website.