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Journal of Econometric Methods

Ed. by Abrevaya, Jason / Honore, Bo Erno / Inoue, Atsushi / Porter, Jack / Wooldridge, Jeffrey

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Aims and Scope

The Journal of Econometric Methods welcomes submissions in theoretical and applied econometrics of direct relevance to empirical economics research. The journal aims to bridge the widening gap between econometric research and empirical practice. We aim to publish papers from top scholars in econometrics, but submissions must (i) consider a topic of broad interest to practitioners and (ii) be written in a style that is targeted at practitioners. Subject to these requirements, the journal will consider submissions in all areas of econometrics.

We will not consider submissions that are application-specific. While econometric methodology should be thoroughly illustrated with empirical data, such methodology should be useful above and beyond the specific application considered.

Research article submissions should make a significant contribution to the existing econometrics literature. This contribution can consist of new methodology, new theoretical results, new computational methods, comparison of existing methodologies, etc.

Upon acceptance of their paper, authors are required to provide any data and computer programs so that readers can replicate results and utilize the econometric methods for their own research. Papers will not be published until these materials have been made available.

In addition to traditional research articles, the journal will also publish contributions to its “Practitioners’ corner” and “Teaching corner” sections:

Practitioners’ corner: This section will publish “how-to” and survey papers for practitioners. Papers in the section can include: detailed treatments of specific econometric methods not covered extensively (or well) elsewhere, surveys that bring empirical researchers up-to-date on quickly developing research areas, etc.

Teaching corner: This section will publish papers that are directly useful for econometrics instructors at the undergraduate or graduate level. Papers in the section can provide datasets (with completely worked-through analysis) that help instructors to illustrate specific models and/or methodologies. Papers in this section can also provide other tools for instructors, including novel suggestions for presenting certain material, simulation designs, etc.

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Jason Abrevaya
University of Texas as Austin

Bo Honore
Princeton University

Atsushi Inoue
Southern Methodist University

Jack Porter
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jeffrey Wooldridge
Michigan State University

Associate Editors

Christopher Bollinger
University of Kentucky

Colin Cameron
University of California - Davis

Stephen Donald
University of Texas

Ivan Fernandez-Val
Boston University

Alastair Hall
University of Manchester

Christian Hansen
University of Chicago

Peter Hansen
European University Institute

Han Hong
Stanford University

Guido Imbens
Stanford University

Oscar Jorda
University of California - Davis

Shakeeb Khan
Duke University

Lutz Kilian
University of Michigan

Sokbae Lee
Seoul National University

Tong Li
Vanderbilt University

Sophocles Mavroeidis
University of Oxford

Francesca Molinari
Cornell University

Marcelo Moreira
Escola de Pós-Graduação em Economia Getulio Vargas Foundation

Serena Ng
Columbia University

Jeff Racine
McMaster University

Frank Vella
Georgetown University

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