The New York State Economics Association is one of the oldest associations of professional and academic economists in the United States. It was formed in 1948 at Wells College, which was at the time an all-women sister college to Cornell University. Originally the association was called the Central New York Economics Conference. In 1968 it changed its name to New York State Economics Association (NYSEA) and became a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation in 1978.
Since its founding, NYSEA has promoted economic education and scholarship in New York State. The association holds an annual conference and publishes two journals: The Proceedings of the New York State Economics Association, and The New York Economic Review (NYER).
Wade Thomas, a former president of NYSEA, chronicled the history of the association in the 2011 issue of the NYER.