Quarterly Journal of Economics

About the journal

The Quarterly Journal of Economics is the oldest professional journal of economics in the English language. Edited at Harvard University's Department of Economics, it covers all aspects of the field. 

QJE is invaluable to professional and academic economists and students around the world.


Impact Factor


5 year Impact Factor



1 out of 371

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Purchase and pricing information

Personal subscriptions available at €69 or €37 for students and senior citizens. For Institutional and Corporate Subscriptions, please check the journal website.

  • Unless otherwise stated, all personal and member print subscriptions include online access to current content.

  • All subscriptions are entered on a calendar year basis running from January to December. For subscriptions that include access to online content, access will not become effective until the subscription has commenced.

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Publication ethics and submission information

Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors' own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

More information about the journal policies can be accessed here.

Abstracting and indexing services

The Quarterly Journal of Economics is covered by the following abstracting and indexing services: 

  • Book Review Digest Plus 
  • CAB Abstracts 
  • Coal Abstracts 
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts 
  • Current Contents: Social & Behavioral Sciences 
  • Current Index to Statistics 
  • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus 
  • Documentation in Public Administration 
  • EconLit 
  • Emerald Management Reviews 
  • Environmental RouteNet 
  • Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database 
  • Expanded Academic ASAP 
  • Family Index 
  • Historical Abstracts 
  • Human Resources Abstracts 
  • IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature 
  • Index of Economic Articles in Journals & Collected Volumes 
  • Index to Periodical Articles Related to Law 
  • International Bibliography of Humanities & Sociological Literature 
  • Leisure, Recreation, and Tourism Abstracts 
  • Leisure Tourism Database 
  • LexisNexis 
  • Operations Research - Management Science 
  • Peace Research Abstracts 
  • ProQuest Central 
  • Public Administration Abstracts 
  • Quality Control & Applied Statistics 
  • RePec 
  • Risk Abstracts 
  • Social Science Source 
  • Social Sciences Citation Index/Social SciSearch 
  • Social Sciences Index 
  • Social Work Abstracts 
  • Wilson Business Abstracts 
  • World Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology Abstracts 
  • Zentralblatt MATH

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