The Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) was incubated in 2016 with the primary aim of promoting research and cooperation in labour and applied economics across the region of Asian and Australasia. Up until today, AASLE have successfully organised three academic conferences; the inaugural conference in Australia (2017), followed by two successive conferences in South Korea (2018) and Singapore (2019). In 2020 AASLE took part in the EALE SOLE AASLE Virtual World Conference and organised an online standalone Job Market Event. The AASLE Conference series is set to be an annual gathering to discuss policies and applications in labour economics.
The reason for setting up this initiative is the great data and excellent work in applied and labour economics that comes from Asia and Australasia, but the lack of an overarching structure that facilitates communication and collaboration between scholars in the different countries, and with researchers in the Americas and Europe. We therefore decided to create such an umbrella organisation in the form of the Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics. The AASLE, was established in Canberra during the inaugural conference in 2017 by the first Executive Board, and joined the other two large societies for labour economists, the US-based Society of Labor Economists (SOLE) and the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE). We hope that in particular young scholars will benefit from this new Society, and are working towards more initiatives for the future.