About APEE

The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) is an association of teachers and scholars from colleges and universities, public policy institutes, and industry with a common interest in studying and better understanding the system of private enterprise. APEE hosts an annual meeting for members to share their scholarly findings and offers a number of awards to recognize individuals, who have contributed to that understanding. Support for young scholars is often available to attend the annual meeting. The Journal of Private Enterprise is a publication of APEE, which provides a forum for scholars to share their research with the wider academic community.

The mission of The Association of Private Enterprise Education is to put into action accurate and objective understandings of private enterprise. The APEE leadership is committed to:

  • Helping people understand and apply private enterprise principles;
  • Revealing to people the invisible hand at work;
  • A future of innovation, productivity, fairness, and ever improving standards of living for all people; and
  • Maintaining the kind of dynamic environment which permits change and growth.
  • APEE members seek and employ creative ways of illustrating the value and importance of the invisible hand through their writings and teachings. APEE members put private enterprise understanding into action. APEE shares information, facilitates interaction, and provides support to its members in their efforts to put into action an accurate and objective understanding of private enterprise systems through a range of activities:

  • APEE supports scholarly research related to the private enterprise system;
  • APEE facilitates efforts to advance economic education and research about teaching methods in economics and related disciplines;
  • APEE encourages the creation of chairs and centers at colleges and universities dedicated to advancing research and teaching about private enterprise;
  • APEE hosts an Annual Meeting to provide a forum for networking and engagement among its membership; and
  • APEE publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal, The Journal of Private Enterprise.
  • Increasing interest by colleges and universities in private enterprise, economic education, entrepreneurship, and family business programs, and a desire to expand their reach and increase their effectiveness, sustains APEE.

    Individuals, who value and seek to advance the APEE mission, and represent schools, colleges and universities, businesses, government, foundations, labor unions, the media, or other institutions anywhere in the world are welcome to join APEE. Institutional memberships are also available.

    Our Background

    The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) was created by educators and business people committed to furthering economic understanding. The association grew from the Chair of Private Enterprise, which was established at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta in 1963.

    The GSU Chair of Private Enterprise works “actively to develop through the educational field that type of political, social and economic environment which enable private enterprise to prosper and multiply.” Among the chair’s specific responsibilities was “encouraging and assisting in establishing other similar endeavors across the nation.”

    Dr. Michael H. Mescon, the first person to hold the GSU Chair of Private Enterprise, influenced many colleges and universities to establish their own chairs through his speaking and writing.
    Interest in creating chairs grew rapidly through the 1970s.

    This growth was aided by GSU colleagues Dr. Craig Aronoff and Dr. Francis W. “Bill” Rushing. Dr. Mescon and his GSU colleagues met with thirteen colleges and universities, who were interested in developing their own chairs of private enterprise. From that group and that meeting, The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) was born.