South African Journal of Economics

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Edited By: Steve Koch

Impact Factor: 0.685

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 225/347 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1813-6982


Since its inception in 1925, the South African Journal of Economics has established a reputation as one of the leading international regional journals, publishing economics research affecting African countries for a worldwide audience. The South African Journal of Economics  publishes papers from internationally recognised authors on a wide range of subjects and accepts contributions on all the known fields of the discipline, including methodology and economic history and, in more recent times, econometrics. Its editorial organisation has recently been extended to allow for a more effective editing of papers on specialised topics. Topics covered recently include:

  • Inflation Issues
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Health Issues
  • Monetary & Fiscal Policy Issues
  • South African Political Economy

Aims and Scope

The South African Journal of Economics (SAJE) has a long and distinguished history, ranking amongst the oldest generalist journals in economics.

In terms of editorial focus, the journal remains a generalist journal covering all fields in economics, but with a particular focus on developmental and African contexts.

Toward this end, the editorial policy of the SAJE emphasizes scholarly work on developing countries, with African and Southern African development challenges receiving particular attention. While the SAJE remains a generalist journal, it encourages empirical work on developing and African economies. Importantly the focus is on both theoretical developments and methodological innovations that reflect developing country and African contexts and the policy challenges they pose.

The objective of the journal is to be the premier vehicle for the publication of the most innovative work on development country and particularly African economic problems. It aims to be the target journal of choice not only for scholars located in Southern Africa, but of any scholar interested in the analysis of development challenges and their African applications. Clear theoretical foundations to work published should be a hallmark of the journal, and innovation in both theory and empirics appropriate to developing country and the African contexts are encouraged.

In terms of submissions, the journal invites submissions primarily of original research articles, as well as survey articles and book reviews relevant to its context. In the case of both survey articles and book reviews, authors should note that a key minimum requirement is a critical reflection on the broader context of the existing literature.


economics, South Africa, ESSA, government, economic policy

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