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The Economists' Voice

Ed. by Cragg, Michael / Jaffee, Dwight / Stiglitz, Joseph / Zwiebel, Jeffrey

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.164
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.264
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.143

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    Aims and Scope

    The Economists' Voice (EV) is a non-partisan forum for economists to present innovative policy ideas or engaging commentary on the issues of the day. Readers include professional economists, lawyers, policy analysts, policymakers, and students of economics. Articles are short, 600-2000 words, and are intended to contain deeper analysis than is found on the Op-Ed page of the Wall Street Journal or New York Times, but to be of comparable general interest. We welcome submitted Columns from any professional economist. Letters to the editor are encouraged and may comment on any Column or Letter. Letters must be less than 300 words.

    Why this journal?

    Although much of what economists write is "inside baseball" — written for a small audience of specialists — economists have much to contribute to the public debate on a wide range of policy issues. We believe that anyone concerned about the central issues of the day, whether they are students, policymakers, or other citizens, would benefit from hearing economists debate what should be done about problems from budget balancing to global development, from intellectual property to outsourcing, from health care reform to how to provide old age security.

    The Economists' Voice creates a forum for readable ideas and analysis by leading economists on vital issues of our day.


    Type of Publication:

    The Economists' Voice (EV), edited by Aaron Edlin and Joseph Stiglitz, recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Economics, together with J. Bradford DeLong, William Gale, James Hines and Jeffrey Zwiebel, is the decade's most successful publishing innovation for professional economists. It was shortlisted for Best New Journal in the 2007 ALPSP/Charlesworth Awards. Its short, focused policy articles fill a gap between the op-ed pages of the newspaper and full-length journal articles. Contributors include seven Nobel Prize winners, five past chairs of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, public intellectuals like Paul Krugman and Richard Posner, and a veritable "Who's Who" of modern economic theory and policy. The Economists' Voice is a source of expertise directed at once at the professional economist, policymakers, students, and anyone curious about the economy today. Articles from The Economists' Voice have been prominently featured on the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post,, The Wall Street Journal's, and distributed by Project Syndicate to newspapers around the world. The Economists' Voice creates a non-partisan forum for readable ideas and analysis by leading economists on vital issues of our day.

    Publication History

    Annual, updated continuously
    Content available since 2004 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
    ISSN: 1553-3832

    What scholars are saying about The Economists' Voice

    This publication proposes up-to-date coverage of fundamental economic and social problems at the world-wide level in a very concise way and written by the most knowledgeable experts in the field. This should be extremely useful for both faculty and students to keep in touch with current debates, be used in the class, and as reference material for term papers.

    Jean-Marie Grether, Professor of International Economics, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

    The writing is accessible to students and non-economists like me, and the journal addresses topics of wide interest rather than the very specialized audiences that most economics journals address.

    Andrew Bennett, Professor of Government, Georgetown University

    Sadly, the world contains an abundance of non-rigorous and thus questionable policy analysis, on the one hand, and policy-irrelevant, albeit rigorous, academic writing, on the other. The Economist's Voice, unusually, combines rigor and relevance - the best of both worlds.

    Kevin Quinn, Professor of Economics, Bowling Green State University

    The articles are accessible to non-economists, and are ideal for helping students see how economic thinking can be applied to current issues in which they are likely to have an interest.

    Leslie E. Small, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Rutgers University

    I read The Economists' Voice cover to cover. I bet many others do as well.

    George R. Parsons, Professor of Economics and Program Director, Marine Policy, University of Delaware

    The Berkeley Electronic Press journals are, I think, the best economics journals for keeping up on current policy. The current issue of The Economists' Voice, for example has articles on the housing bubble, health policy, and government intervention in the economy. The pieces are timely, well researched, and rigorous.

    Randy Simmons, Faculty Member Economics and Finance, Utah State University

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors

    The Economists' Voice Style and Manuscript Preparation Guidelines
    This guide is divided into requirements for letters and columns as well as Writing Instructions and Formatting Instructions which apply to both letters and columns. Please print and review the samples suggested below before submitting.


    • Letters must be under 300 words.
    • Please submit a Microsoft Word or RTF file.
    • The title should be of the form "Comment on [Full Name of Author of Original Article]: Title." For example: "Comment on Robert Barro: Multipliers May Be Larger than You Think"
    • The first line of the letter should be "Dear Editors,"
    • On the following line, begin your letter with a sentence referring to the letter or column upon which you are commenting.
    • End your letter with your full name, title and institution if applicable, city and state if applicable, and country. For example: Aaron Edlin, Professor of Economics and Law, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.
    • After the text include a "References and further reading" section including the column or letter on which you are commenting and other material that you think relevant.
    • Acknowledgments may be added as a separate section thereafter if appropriate.
    • Avoid footnotes.


    • Columns must be 600-2000 words.
    • Please see "Show me the Money" by Aaron S. Edlin and Dwight Jaffee for an example of The Economists' Voice Style.
    • Please submit a Microsoft Word or RTF file.
    • Begin with a title in title capitalization.
    • Put the names and affiliations of the authors on the next line.
    • On the following line provide a short bio of the author(s) in the form "Short Bio: John Doe is a professor of economics at Harvard. He is also.". Limit yourself to one or two sentences. See published examples.
    • Next comes the text of the column.
    • Divide the text at appropriate points with headers in bold type with only the first word capitalized. Example: "Fixing social security"
    • After the text, include a "References and further reading" section for those who wish to read more on the subject.
    • An "Acknowledgments" section is optional.
    • Avoid explanatory footnotes or qualifying footnotes.
    • All factual assertions should have footnotes to credible sources.


    • If using Microsoft word, all paragraphs should be in "normal" style. If you don't know what that means, just type with no formatting.
    • When citing an article in the text, instead of the academic style "according to Tirole (2003)," use an op-ed style and write "according to a recent article by Jean Tirole in the Journal of Political Economy" and put the full citation in the references section. No footnote is necessary unless you are citing two articles by Jean Tirole in the Journal of Political Economy.
    • In the References and further reading section, journal references must be formatted in the following way: Last Name, First Name (Year) "Title," Journal Title, Date or Month, Page Number-Page Number. See published examples. Other citations should correspond. No italics, bold or other formatting in this section.
    • If citing a URL, please check that it is current and correctly typed.
    • Do not use a space between paragraphs.
    • Do not include page numbers, headers or footers (we add these).
    • Write "percent" in place of "%".
    • Write out integers between one and ten: hence, "eight" not "8".
    • Use em dashes instead of two hyphens. See 'Symbol' under the 'Insert' menu in Microsoft Word. Next select the 'Special Characters' tab and choose 'Em Dash'. To help distinguish em dashes please put one space before and one space after each em dash.


    • Use simple language; avoid jargon.
    • Make the piece understandable to those without an economics degree. Aim for the accessibility of a sophisticated Op-Ed article, without compromising the soundness of your argument.
    • Write something of interest to a professional economist, a non-economist, and a policy junkie - yes, all at once.
    • Write with short, pointed paragraphs of 2-4 sentences per paragraph.
    • Write punchy prose. Use the active voice, not the passive voice. Cut "roadmap" sentences or phrases, like "I will argue". The piece is short. Go ahead and just argue it.
    • Avoid adjectives or adverbs when possible.
    • State a thesis early.
    • Include supporting facts and statistics. Organizing an argument around one or two surprising facts is often a good approach.
    • Intersperse a short sentence between one or more long ones.
    • Allow yourself time to edit your piece before sending it to us. Give it to a graduate student who writes well to edit, if possible.
    • Avoid contractions. Use "is not" in place of "isn't."
    • Avoid footnotes.
    • Please add brief parenthetical information at the end of certain references:
    • Since we avoid footnotes except for specific factual support, in the reference section, we encourage you to add a parenthetical explaining what a reader will find in certain articles, where helpful. For example: Kotlikoff, Laurence J. (2006) "Averting America's Bankruptcy with a New New Deal," The Economists' Voice: Vol.3: Iss.2, Article 5. (Asserting on page 1 that the fiscal gap between the present discounted value of U.S. expenditures and receipts is $63.3 trillion.)

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    Editorial Information


    Michael Cragg
    Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University


    Jeffrey Zwiebel, Stanford University

    Writing Editors

    Julie Hilden, Visit website

    Advisory Board

    Bradford Delong, University of California, Berkeley
    William Gale, Brookings Institution
    James Hines, University of Michigan

    Past Editors

    Dwight Jaffee, University of California, Berkeley (deceased)

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