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The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy

Editor-in-Chief: Jürges, Hendrik / Ludwig, Sandra

Ed. by Auriol , Emmanuelle / Brunner, Johann / Fleck, Robert / Mendola, Mariapia / Requate, Till / Zulehner, Christine

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Aims and Scope

The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (BEJEAP) welcomes submissions that employ microeconomics to analyze issues in organizational economics, consumer behavior, and public policy. We aim to be an international forum for scholarship, whether that scholarship considers a general issue, or pertains to a particular country or region, and authors should bear in mind that our readers come from around the world. Potential topics of interest include: the interaction of firms, the functioning of markets, the effects of domestic and international policy, and the design of organizations and institutions. Articles can be in industrial organization, labor economics, public finance, or other related fields including the economics of education, health, family, development, law, or the environment.

Authors should bring to their analysis whatever microeconomic theoretical, experimental or econometric tools are helpful. We publish both empirical work and applied theory (though not more abstract forms of applied theory), and our aim is to disseminate papers that have practical implications for public policy, organizational or individual decision making.

Manuscript formats

Articles submitted to BEJEAP can come in two formats: research papers and letters.

Research papers are fully fledged analyses that contain significant new theoretical or empirical results. There is no strict page maximum but we reserve the right to ask authors to shorten long manuscripts. Tables and Figures should be kept to a minimum.

Letters are short communications that contain new theoretical or empirical results. This could be smaller though interesting contributions, like compact presentations of new ideas, extensions of existing theories that lead to new insights, or replications of existing empirical or experimental studies that extend the original analysis sufficiently to allow inferences on the external validity of the original results. Letters do not exceed 2,500 words of body text and include up to three Tables or Figures. Authors should include a word count with their manuscript.

Submissions to BEJEAP will generally undergo a thorough peer review process, independent of its format. To speed up the review process, however, BEJEAP has the policy to reject manuscripts without peer review if they do not fit the aims and scope of the journal, if they lack originality (i.e., if they do not constitute sufficiently novel contributions to the literature), or if they have a low chance of surviving peer review.

In the interest of a fast track from submission to publication, there will be no major revision rounds for letters. BEJEAP will either accept manuscripts (subject to editorial revisions), invite minor revisions, or reject manuscripts without a detailed referee report. Submitted letters should hence be ready for publication if accepted for publication by the editors.

Questions about submissions and journal content may be directed to the editors.

"My authoring experience was probably the best to date in terms of speed and efficiency. The quality of the referees was also excellent, as good if not better than anything I've experienced (and that includes the AER, Rand, etcetera)."
Mark J. McCabe, Assistant Professor, School of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology, and contributor to The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy

"The speed with which the process was completed is so much better than the standard for more established journals in economics. We can only hope you are successful in breaking the conventional delays that are so harmful to the professional development of young economists. You have demonstrated that quality peer review and editing can be done in economics in as timely a fashion as it is done in many other disciplines."
Jack Ochs, Professor and Chair of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, and contributor to The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy

Type of Publication:

Among the top-caliber journals in applied microeconomics and policy, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (BEJEAP) is an established alternative to overpriced economics titles. It fills the need for quick publication of cutting-edge research, and is edited by distinguished experts from top institutions around the world. Articles use microeconomics to analyze issues in business, consumer behavior, and public policy, with practical implications for areas such as antitrust policy, pollution, health, education, trade, taxation, labor, and development. Submissions are guaranteed to receive a decision within 10 weeks, and articles are published into four quality-rated tiers, distinguished by breadth of appeal and overall quality.

What scholars are saying about The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy

The editorial feedback was excellent. I have never received better comments and suggestions from an editor. I have already recommended The Berkeley Electronic Press journals to my colleagues for their next papers.

Ronnie Schöb, Professor, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

I appreciated the detailed comments on my paper, from both editor and referees. Rarely have I received such clear recommendations and good advice. I am actually looking forward to revising and resubmitting the paper! The whole experience has been markedly superior to that at more traditional journals.

Alex Tabarrok, Vice President and Director of Research, The Independent Institute

My authoring experience was probably the best to date in terms of speed and efficiency. The quality of the referees was also excellent, as good if not better than anything I've experienced (and that includes the AER, Rand, etcetera).

Mark J. McCabe, Assistant Professor of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology

The speed with which the process was completed is so much better than the standard for more established journals in economics. We can only hope you are successful in breaking the conventional delays that are so harmful to the professional development of young economists. You have demonstrated that quality peer review and editing can be done in economics in as timely a fashion as it is done in many other disciplines.

Jack Ochs, Professor and Chair of Economics, University of Pittsburgh

The quality of reviewers was very high; I particularly appreciated the ability to send 'blind' queries to my reviewers, which took the guesswork out of responding to their requests. I believe that any journal would benefit incredibly from making this option available to authors.

Raymond Fisman, Meyer Feldberg Associate Professor of Business, Columbia University

The quality of the editors was definitely a consideration in submitting my paper to The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. However, I like everything about the bepress electronic journals in economics. The time is right for these journals, and the design of the process couldn't be better.

Edgar O. Olsen, Professor of Economics, University of Virginia

Publication History

One issue/year, updated continuously
Content available since 2001 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
ISSN: 1935-1682

Instructions for Authors


Unpublished material: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission.

Minimum formatting requirements upon submission: Manuscripts should be in English and submitted as PDF, Word, docx, rtf, or LaTex files. Use a standard font with font size 12pt. Line spacing should be at least 1.5; all margins should be at least 1 inch or 2.5 cm wide. The first page of the manuscript should contain the title, the names of authors, and an abstract. Figures if any should be included with the text. Acceptance of a manuscript for publication is conditional on conforming to the journal’s formatting guidelines outlined below.

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Ethical conduct of research: The authors must describe and confirm safeguards to meet ethical standards.
Conflict of interest: When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial and/or other conflicts of interest that might bias their work and/or could inappropriately influence his/her judgment. If no specified acknowledgement is given, the Publishers assume that no conflict of interest exists.

This document provides authors with details on policy, copyediting, formatting, and layout requirements pertaining to manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered for publication.
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• Footnotes must appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper.
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De Gruyter does provide a light copyedit of manuscripts for this journal, but authors remain responsible for being their own copyeditors.

All manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English.  If you have reasons to doubt your proficiency with respect to spelling, grammar, etc. (e.g., because English is not your native language), then you may wish to employ—at your expense—the services of a professional language editor.
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Hendrik Juerges, University of Wuppertal
Sandra Ludwig, Ulm University

Emmanuelle Auriol, Toulouse University
Johann K. Brunner, University of Linz
Robert Fleck, Clemson University
Mariapia Mendola, University of Milano-Bicocca
Till Requate, Kiel University
Christine Zulehner, University of Linz

Past Editors
Guido Friebel, Frankfurt University
Kevin Tsui, Clemson University
Phillipp Wichardt, Rostock University

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