Economic Society of Singapore

About Us

The Economic Society of Singapore (ESS) was established on July 28, 1956 by the Economics Department of University of Malaya in Singapore (now known as National University of Singapore). Today, ESS is a non-profit organisation, bringing together members from the academia, government and business sector to discuss current economic issues relating to Singapore and the region. ESS publishes the Singapore Economic Review Journal, conducts independent research, and holds conferences and networking sessions.

Key Milestones

 

1956 The Economic Society of Singapore (ESS), formerly the Malayan Economic Society, was established on July 28, as a result of the initiative of graduates and some staff members of the Department of Economics of the then University of Malaya in Singapore.
1969 The Society changed its name to the Economic Society of Singapore, in keeping with the independent and sovereign status of the Republic on 28 March.
1976 The ESS became a founding member of the Federation of Asean Economic Associations (FAEA).
1969 The Society published the Malayan Economic Review (MER), a journal later renamed the “Singapore Economic Review” (SER).
1973 The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Dr. Goh Keng Swee and Professor You Poh Seng
1979 The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Emeritus Professor Lim Chong Yah
2006 The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong
2010 The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam

ESS Presidents

 

Current Euston Quah
2002-2009 Khor Hoe Ee
1999-2002 Augustine Tan
1996-1998 Basant Kapur
1991-1996 Teh Kok Peng
1978-1991

1973-1975

Lim Chong Yah
1976-1977  1971-1972 You Poh Seng
1970-1971 Howe Yoon Chong
Mr Pang 1968-1970 Pang Tee Pow
lee keng tuan-page-001 1965-1968 Lee Keng Tuan
1961-1965

1958-1959

Lim Tay Boh
1959-1961 Ungku Abdul Aziz

1956- 1958 Thomas Henry Silcock