American Economic Review

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American Economic Review
Edited byEsther Duflo
Publication details
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Am. Econ. Rev.
OCLC no.847300958

The American Economic Review is a monthly peer-reviewed academic journal published 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 journal is based in Pittsburgh.[4]

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]

Until 2017, the May issue of the American Economic Review, titled the Papers and Proceedings issue, featured the papers presented at the American Economic Association's annual meeting that January. After being selected for presentation, the papers in the Papers and Proceedings issue did not undergo a formal process of peer review.[6][7][8][9] Starting in 2018, papers presented at the annual meetings have been published in a separate journal, AEA Papers and Proceedings, which is released annually in May.[10]

Notable papers[edit]

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:[11]

Thirteen of those authors have received the Nobel Memorial 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.[12]

Other notable papers[edit]

Other notable papers from the journal include:


In 2016, an anonymous group of economists collaboratively wrote a note alleging academic misconduct by the authors and editor of a paper published in the American Economic Review.[13][14] The note was published under the name Nicolas Bearbaki in homage to Nicolas Bourbaki.[15]


  1. ^ Oswald, Andrew J. (2007). "An Examination of the Reliability of Prestigious Scholarly Journals: Evidence and Implications for Decision-Makers" (PDF). 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. ^ "Foreword". American Economic Review. American Economic Association. 107 (5): xi. 2017-05-01. doi:10.1257/aer.107.5.xi. ISSN 0002-8282.
  7. ^ "Editors' Introduction". American Economic Review. American Economic Association. 107 (5): xii. 2017-05-01. doi:10.1257/aer.107.5.xii. ISSN 0002-8282.
  8. ^ McKenzie, David (11 June 2018). "Writing a Papers and Proceedings Paper". Development Impact. World Bank. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  9. ^ a b Wile, Rob (18 April 2013). "JOURNAL EDITOR: The Famous Reinhart-Rogoff Debt Paper Did Not Go Through The Normal Refereeing Process". Business Insider. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  10. ^ "About AEA Papers and Proceedings". American Economic Association. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "American Economic Association - Journals of the Association". Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  13. ^ Nicolas, Bearbaki (June 4, 2016). "A Comment on "Family Ruptures, Stress, and the Mental Health of the Next Generation"". Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  14. ^ "Economists go wild over overlooked citations in preprint on prenatal stress". Retraction Watch. May 26, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  15. ^ Andrew, Gelman (September 23, 2016). "Andrew Gelman is not the plagiarism police because there is no such thing as the plagiarism police". Retrieved February 1, 2021.

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