The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy
Editor-in-Chief: Jürges, Hendrik / Ludwig, Sandra
Ed. by Auriol , Emmanuelle / Brunner, Johann / Fleck, Robert / Friebel, Guido / Requate, Till / Tsui, Kevin / Wichardt, Philipp / Zulehner, Christine
4 Issues per year
Increased IMPACT FACTOR 2012: 0.551
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.760
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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 business, 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 corporate finance, industrial organization, international trade, labor economics, public finance, or other related fields including the economics of cities, education, health, law, or the environment.
Authors should bring to their analysis whatever microeconomic theoretical 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, business policy, or individual decision making.
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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
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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
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Instructions for Authors
The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (BEJEAP) editorial team and De Gruyter are invested in providing authors the best service possible. Due to a transition between online submission systems and editorial teams, BEJEAP cannot commit to the previously advertised 70 first decision turnaround time. Manuscripts that are currently in progress will continue to be managed by the editors. We apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause and look forward to your continued support of this fine journal.
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REFERENCES WITHIN TEXT
- Within the text of your manuscript, use the author-date method of citation. For instance, “As noted by Smith (1776).”
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- Within the references section, the citations can be formatted as you like, provided (i) the formatting is consistent and (ii) each citation begins with the last name of the first author. That is, the following would all be acceptable:
Smith, Adam (1776) The Wealth of Nations, …
Smith, A., The Wealth of Nations, … , 1776.
Smith, Adam: The Wealth of Nations, 1776, …
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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
Guido Friebel, Frankfurt University
Till Requate, Kiel University
Kevin Tsui, Clemson University
Phillipp Wichardt, Rostock University
Christine Zulehner, University of Linz