Welcome to the homepage of the International Economic History Association (IEHA). The IEHA is an organization composed of national, regional and international associations in the field of economic history, broadly defined, and other related disciplines. It currently has 45 member organizations from almost 40 countries around the world. Today the seat of the Association is in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The aims of the IEHA are to promote the development and diffusion of economic history worldwide, through the organization of a World Congress every three years, amongst other activities. Originally founded in 1960, the IEHA played a prominent role during the Cold War era in uniting scholars from across Europe, the Soviet Union, and North America, along with smaller numbers from Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and 'Third World' countries, . In recent decades, the IEHA has evolved as the global forum for economic historians worldwide, with each Congress attracting around 1,000 participants, and with increasing participation from the developing world. The IEHA held a World Congress in Latin America for the first time in 2002 at Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in Africa for the first time in 2012 at Stellenbosch, South Africa. The next World Congress will take place for the first time in Asia, at Kyoto, Japan , 3-7 August 2015.