The American Economic Review

The American Economic Review is a peer-reviewed academic journal of economics. Twelve (formerly seven) issues are published annually by the American Economic Association. First published in 1911, it is considered one of the most prestigious and highly distinguished journals in the field of economics.[1][2][3] The current editor-in-chief is Esther Duflo (MIT). The previous editor was Pinelopi Goldberg. The journal is based in Pittsburgh.[4]

The May issue of the American Economic Review each year is known as "Papers and Proceedings". Selected papers and discussions of papers presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Economic Association are published along with reports of officers, committees, and representatives.

In 2004, the American Economic Review began requiring "data and code sufficient to permit replication" of a paper's results, which is then posted on the journal's website. Exceptions are made for proprietary data.[5]

The American Economic Review
Edited byEsther Duflo
Publication details
Publication history
Standard abbreviations
Am. Econ. Rev.
OCLC no.847300958

Notable papers

In 2011 a "Top 20 Committee," consisting of Kenneth Arrow, Douglas Bernheim, Martin Feldstein, Daniel McFadden, James M. Poterba, and Robert Solow, selected the following twenty articles to be the most important ones to appear in the journal:[6]

Thirteen of those authors have received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

The journal can be accessed online via JSTOR. In both 2006 and 2007, it was the most widely viewed journal of all the 775 journals in JSTOR.[7]

Other notable papers

Other notable papers from the journal include:


  1. ^ Oswald, Andrew J. (2007). "An Examination of the Reliability of Prestigious Scholarly Journals: Evidence and Implications for Decision-Makers". Economica. 74 (293): 21–31. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0335.2006.00575.x.
  2. ^ Northrup, Cynthia Clark (2004). "American Economic Association". The American economy: a historical encyclopedia. 2. ABC-CLIO. pp. 9–10. ISBN 1-57607-866-3.
  3. ^ "IDEAS/RePEc h-index for Journals". Retrieved September 11, 2009
  4. ^ "Prestigious economics magazine calls Pittsburgh home". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 18, 2007.
  5. ^ "AEAweb: RFE". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  6. ^ Arrow, K. J.; Bernheim, B. Douglas; et al. (2011). "100 Years of the American Economic Review: The Top 20 Articles". American Economic Review. 101 (1): 1–8. doi:10.1257/aer.101.1.1.
  7. ^ "American Economic Association - Journals of the Association". Retrieved November 10, 2010.

External links

American Economic Association

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Financial History of the United States. Longmans, Green. 1918 [1902]. OCLC 218289.

Employees and Wages: Special Report on the Twelfth Census (1903)

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the theory and application of public finance

analysis and design of public policy

distributional effects of taxation and government expenditures

analysis of market failure and government failure.Emphasis is on analytical and scientific methods and normative-ethical analysis, as distinguished from ideology. Examples of topics covered are tax incidence, optimal taxation, and the theory of public goods.

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