Omicron Delta Epsilon (OΔE)


  • The recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics
  • The establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in the economics within the colleges and universities, and among college and universities
  • The publication of its official journal, The American Economist
  • The sponsoring of panels at professional meetings as well as the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions


  • 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
  • Omicron Delta Gamma (the Order of Artus) was founded in 1915 by John R. Commons, University of Wisconsin and Frank Taussig, Harvard University
  • Omicron 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


  • Chapter activities vary widely, ranging from invited speakers, group discussions, dinners, meetings, and field trips, to special projects, such as review sessions and tutoring for students in economics


  • THE IRVING FISHER GRADUATE ARTICLE AWARD, pays $500 and provides an opportunity to present the paper at the next annual meeting of the American Economic Association and publication of the article in The American Economist
  • THE FRANK W. AUSSIG UNDERGRADUATE ARTICLE AWARD, pays $250 to the winner and $100 to the winner's OΔE chapter and provides for the publication in The American Economist
  • Biennially, Omicron Delta Epsilon grants the JOHN R. COMMONS AWARD to an outstanding economist in recognition of his or her achievements and service both to the economics profession and to Omicron Delta Epsilon

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

  • Completion of 12 semester hours of economics courses
  • Attainment of at least a "B" average in economics courses and an overall "B" average in all classes
  • Students do not have to be economics majors, but must have a genuine interest in economics
  • The minimum requirements may be raised by local chapters

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Judged solely on their graduate work
  • Completion of one semester of full time work
  • Attainment of a "B" or better average

No one shall be denied membership because of sex, race, color, creed, or national origin. A life-membership fee is paid by each prospective member of Omicron Delta Epsilon upon election to the Society. In return, the member receives a membership card, scroll and a year's subscription (two issues) to The American Economist. The purchase of the official key or pin by the initiates is optional but highly encouraged.

Application Form

International OΔE Website

illustration of Carver Hall

Faculty Advisor