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 first published by the American Economic Association in 1911. The current editor-in-chief is Erzo FP Luttmer, a professor of economics at Dartmouth College.[1] The journal is based in Pittsburgh.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4][5][6][7] 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.[8]


The American Economic Association was founded in 1885. From 1856 until 1907 the association published the Publications of the American Economic Association. The first volume was published in six issues, from March 1886 to January 1887. The second volume in 1887–1888, and so on, until Volume XI in 1896. In that same year an issue with "General Contents and Index of Volumes I to XI" appeared. Most of the volumes contained only one text, for instance volume IV, issue 2 (April 1889) which contained an article by Sidney Webb, entitled "Socialism in England".

In December 1897, a new series started, with only two issues.

In 1900 the third series started, with four issues yearly; this lasted until 1908.[9]

For the next three years the association published what was called The Economic Bulletin. It also appeared in four issues yearly. Every issue of the Bulletin contained a section "Personal and Miscellaneous Notes" and a number of book reviews.[10]

In parallel with the Bulletin, during the years 1908 to 1910 appeared the American Economic Association Quarterly. Its header read "Formerly published under the title of Publications of the American Economic Association and the numbering continued as third series, volumes 9 to 11.[11]

In March 1911, the first issue of The American Economic Review saw the light.

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:[12]

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.[13]

Other notable papers

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.[14][15] The note was published under the name Nicolas Bearbaki in homage to Nicolas Bourbaki.[16]


  1. ^ "American Economic Association". Retrieved 2023-08-01.
  2. ^ "Prestigious economics magazine calls Pittsburgh home". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 18, 2007.
  3. ^ "AEAweb: RFE". Archived from the original on 7 April 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Foreword". American Economic Review. American Economic Association. 107 (5): xi. 2017-05-01. doi:10.1257/aer.107.5.xi. ISSN 0002-8282.
  5. ^ "Editors' Introduction". American Economic Review. American Economic Association. 107 (5): xii. 2017-05-01. doi:10.1257/aer.107.5.xii. ISSN 0002-8282.
  6. ^ McKenzie, David (11 June 2018). "Writing a Papers and Proceedings Paper". Development Impact. World Bank. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "About AEA Papers and Proceedings". American Economic Association. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  9. ^ All volumes and issues of the Publications of the American Economic Association are freely available via this page at jstor.
  10. ^ See this page on jstor for a complete overview and access to all issues of The Economic Bulletin.
  11. ^ For the American Economic Association Quarterly see this page at JSTOR.
  12. ^ 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. hdl:1721.1/114169.
  13. ^ "American Economic Association – Journals of the Association". Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  14. ^ Nicolas, Bearbaki (June 4, 2016). "A Comment on "Family Ruptures, Stress, and the Mental Health of the Next Generation"". Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  15. ^ "Economists go wild over overlooked citations in preprint on prenatal stress". Retraction Watch. May 26, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  16. ^ 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.