Top Economics Journals

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Top Economics Journals

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Whether you are a seasoned researcher or a new economics student, it pays to know which journals are the most prestigious and well-known for certain topics. They can help you find the right papers for a literature review, stay on top of the latest research in the field, and even help you set your own publishing goals.

So, we’ve compiled a list of top economics journals to help you familiarize yourself with the publishing landscape. Regardless of where you are in your economics journey – whether freshman, PhD candidate, or professor actively publishing in economics– take note of these influential journals.

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1. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press

This is the oldest English language professional journal in the field of economics – and one of the most respected. It covers all aspects of the discipline, has published many famous economics papers, and is arguably the top economics journal of all time. For those who know their stuff, it is the go-to. 

2. Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier

A journal with a focus on applied papers and case studies, it often includes conjectural papers which address issues less quantifiable and more descriptive than other journals in the field.

3. Journal of Finance, American Finance Association

The Journal of Finance is one of the top places to publish in the field of finance, along with the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics.

4. Econometrica, Econometric Society

With a specialization in econometrics, this journal has been established since 1933. In addition to its reputation, it attracts high-quality research through awarding of the Frisch Medal every two years, which recognizes outstanding research published in the journal.

5. Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association

This journal commissions peer-reviewed survey and review articles which aim to keep readers informed about the current state of the economics literature. The journal also features book reviews, information about soon-to-be published books, and an index of economics dissertations from North American universities.

6. Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press

Another long-standing journal, the Journal of Political Economy was first published in 1892 and covers both theoretical and empirical work. Its specializations include: monetary theory, fiscal policy, labor economics, development, micro and macroeconomic theory, international trade and finance, industrial organization, and social economics.

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7. American Economic Review, American Economic Association

Established in 1911, this is another well-established and highly respected journal in the field of economics. Once a year, in May, an issue is dedicated to presenting proceedings and papers from the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.

8. Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press

Another economics stalwart, RESTUD, as it is known, is a must-read for those interested in theoretical and applied economics. It was founded with the specific aim to publish work from young and up-and-coming economics researchers, a mission which it continues to this day.

9. Review of Financial Studies, Oxford University Press

With a focus on financial economics, this journal, published on behalf of the Society for Financial Studies, accepts both theoretical and empirical papers which fit in the intersection between finance and economics.

10. Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier

Another influential journal in the field is the Journal of Econometrics, established in 1973. The journal focuses on econometrics methodologies, and how they can be applied to substantive areas of economics.

11. The Review of Economics and Statistics, Harvard Kennedy School

Already over a hundred years old, the Review of Economics and Statistics is a general journal of applied quantitative economics. Occasionally, the journal also publishes collections of papers devoted to a single topic of contemporary interest, be it methodological or empirical.

12. Journal of Economic Growth, Springer Science+Business Media

This journal predominantly publishes research on economic growth and comparative economic development. Research is primarily contemporary, but sometimes also includes historical insights. Some key topic areas include income distribution, demographic transition, human capital formation, technological change and structural transformation in the growth process.

13. Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier Science

Founded in 1975, this journal is a leader in macroeconomic research. It is often ranked highly in its specialist subject area, and accepts submissions in all areas of macroeconomics. In recent years it has published research contributions to a wide range of macroeconomic topics including behavioral macroeconomics, fiscal shocks, and pricing in product and labor markets.


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