Many people contributed to the journal-ranking study described in this paper. The study was supervised and all major steps and recommendations agreed by an ESA Supervising Committee made up of the President of ESA (Professor Bruce Chapman), the President of the Australian Econometrics Society (Professor Trevor Breusch) and the Secretary of ESA (Professor Jeff Sheen). The author is grateful for their support and for comments on a draft paper by Andrew Leigh and two referees.
The Ranking of Economics Journals by the Economic Society of Australia*
Article first published online: 1 OCT 2009
© 2009 The Economic Society of Australia
Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 176–180, June 2009
How to Cite
Abelson, P. (2009), The Ranking of Economics Journals by the Economic Society of Australia. Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy, 28: 176–180. doi: 10.1111/j.1759-3441.2009.00020.x
- Issue published online: 1 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 1 OCT 2009
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This paper describes how, in response to a government request, the Economic Society of Australia (ESA) prepared a ranking of economics journals for use in Australia. ESA commissioned the writer to manage the process and it was agreed that the journal ranking should be based on a survey of all professors of economics and econometrics employed in Australian universities. Following the development of the rankings, Heads of Economics Departments were asked in a follow-up survey whether they viewed the process and the results as acceptable or whether amendments should be made. ESA concluded, as does this paper, that the process and the results were credible and generally accepted and that the findings should not be altered on an ad hoc piecemeal basis. ESA also concluded that any revision of these rankings should be based on a similar transparent process of consultation with the profession. Details of the rankings of the journals surveyed can be found on the ESA website.