Contemporary Economic Policy


2014 Best CEP Article Award Recipient

Contemporary Economic Policy, Volume 32, Issue 2, April 2014, Pages: 372–389
Anna Samarina, University of Groningen, and Jakob De Haan, University of Groningen


First published in 1982 as Contemporary Policy IssuesContemporary Economic Policy publishes scholarly economic research and analysis on issues of vital concern to business, government, and other decision makers. Leading scholars, including four Nobel Laureates, are among CEP's authors. The objectives are to communicate results of high quality economic analysis to policymakers, focus high quality research and analysis on current policy issues of widespread concern, increase knowledge among economists of features of the economy key to understanding the impact of policy, and to advance methods of policy analysis. 

We are interested in articles that will be widely read and cited, and economic analyses with an impact on policy choices, rather than papers that fill a narrow niche or are of parochial interest. All submissions are reviewed using the general criteria of quality, creativity, originality, accuracy, and contribution to policy choices. The categories of articles separate the audiences along a gradient of analytical content. CEP publishes economic analysis of policy issues, methods and results for policy analysis, and surveys. 

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Contemporary Economic Policy posted the following stats for 2013:

  • 74 days to first decision for submitted manuscripts
  • Two-year Impact Factor: .482
  • Five-year Impact Factor: .629
  • 234 out of 332 economics journals, by 2-year IF
  • 32 out of 46 in public administration journals, by 2-year IF
  • Immediacy Index: .135
  • Article Influence: .337


Editorial Board


  • Brad R. Humphreys, West Virginia University


  • Marcelle Chauvet, University of California, Riverside
  • Craig A. Depken II, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Kwok Ping Tsang, Virginia Tech
  • Michael R. Ward, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Andrew Young, West Virginia University

Specialized Co-Editors

  • David G. Mayes, University of Auckland
  • Maureen A. Pirog, Indiana University
  • Jane E. Ruseski, West Virginia University


Specialized Co-Editor for CEP Conference Sessions

  • Jack W. Hou, California State University, Long Beach

Editorial Board

  • Heidi Jo Albers, Oregon State University
  • Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University
  • Edward Barbier, University of Wyoming
  • Paul Bergin, University of California, Davis
  • Theodore Bergstrom, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Richard A. Bilas, The Citadel and The College of Charleston
  • Henning Bohn, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Kenneth J. Button, George Mason University
  • Richard T. Carson, Jr., University of California, San Diego
  • Margriet F. Caswell, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Stephen G. Cecchetti, Brandeis University
  • Frank J. Chaloupka IV, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Dennis Coates, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Michael R. Darby, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Stephen J. DeCanio, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Alejandra Cox Edwards, California State University, Long Beach
  • Peter Elias, University of Warwick
  • Lewis Evans, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Alan A. Fisher, Federal Trade Commission
  • William G. Gale, Brookings Institution
  • Herbert Gintis, Central European University
  • Lisa M. Grobar, California State University, Long Beach
  • Arnold C. Harberger, University of California, Los Angeles
  • C. Elton Hinshaw, Vanderbilt University
  • Richard B. Howarth, Dartmouth College
  • Marion Jones, University of Regina
  • Jerry L. Jordan, Pacific Academy for Advanced Studies
  • George G. Kaufman, Loyola University Chicago
  • Masahiro Kawai, ADBI Institute
  • Jonathan G. Koomey, Stanford University
  • Catherine Mann, Brandeis University
  • Robert A. Margo, Boston University
  • David Neumark, University of California, Irvine
  • Jeffrey B. Nugent, University of Southern California
  • Gerald P. O'Driscoll, Jr., The Cato Institute
  • Michael Ransom, Brigham Young University
  • Harvey S. Rosen, Princeton University
  • Geoffrey Rothwell, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • James A. Roumasset, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Scott Rozelle, University of California, Davis
  • Kathleen Segerson, University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • Hans-Werner Sinn, University Muenchen
  • Charles Stuart, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Clement A. Tisdell, University of Queensland
  • W. Kip Viscusi, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Kenneth D. West, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • John K. Whitaker, University of Virginia
  • Donald R. Williams, Kent State University
  • David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley
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