The European Economic Association (EEA) is a professional academic body which links European economists. It was founded in the mid-1980s. Its first annual congress was in 1986 in Vienna. Its first president was Jacques Drèze. The Association currently has around 3000 members. Its objectives are:
". . . to contribute to the development and application of economics as a science in Europe; to improve communication and exchange between teachers, researchers and students in economics in the different European countries; and to develop and sponsor co-operation between teaching institutions of university level and research institutions in Europe "
It publishes the Journal of the European Economic Association. In August of each year the Association, in collaboration with the European Standing Committee of the Economic Society organises a congress in a European city. The congress attracts around 1500 participants.