Omicron Delta Epsilon, one of the world's
largest academic honor societies, was created through the merger of two honor
societies, Omicron Delta Gamma and Omicron Chi Epsilon.
Delta Gamma (The Order of Artus) was founded in 1915 by John Commons,
University of Wisconsin and Frank Taussig, Harvard University.
Chi Epsilon was founded in 1955 by Alan A. Brown while he was a student at
the City College of New York.
Omicron Delta Epsilon has
over 560 chapters located in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United
Kingdom, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Egypt, and France.
The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are:
recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding
achievements in economics;
establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics
within colleges and universities;
publication of its official journal, The American Economist; and
sponsoring of panels at professional meetings as well as the Irving Fisher
and Frank W. Taussig competitions.