In 1985, the first Council of the European Economic Association (EEA) addressed the issue of how best to set up an Association journal. At that time, it was feared that a new journal would not be viable and the advantages of linking up with an existing journal seemed obvious. Hence, the EEA Council decided to enter into an agreement with Elsevier, who had been publishing The European Economic Review (EER) since 1969 and continues to own and publish it today, and designated the EER as its official journal, with effect from Volume 30, 1986.
From 1986, the EER improved steadily in quality. The link with the EEA gave it automatic circulation to all individual EEA members; this link also guaranteed supplies of high-quality papers from the annual EEA Congress and the International Seminar on Macroeconomics, as well as a mechanism for attracting top-quality editors. The quality improvement was reflected in a steady increase in the EER's impact factor.
However, these successes could not compensate for the anomalous situation whereby a large and increasingly successful professional association did not own its journal. Dissatisfaction at Elsevier's pricing policies also persisted, and was highlighted by the adverse publicity arising from Ted Bergstrom's study (published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives in Fall 2001), showing the EER to be in another top-twenty list: Bergstroms "Rogue's Gallery" of the most expensive journals to institutions.
In the light of these concerns, the Executive and Council of the EEA decided to terminate the agreement with Elsevier, meaning that the EER ceased to be the official journal of the EEA as of January 1, 2003. After extensive negotiations and a competitive bidding process, the EEA decided to launch a new journal, the Journal of the European Economic Association (JEEA), published for the EEA by MIT Press from early 2003. The EEA also decided to further raise the quality of its journal by making the JEEA a truly global outlet for the best research in economics, competing for top articles with the five leading journals in the field. From 2011, JEEA has been published by Wiley Blackwell.
JEEA invites submissions in all area of economics, and promotes high-quality research without any methodological or affiliation bias. We have a very diverse editorial team covering a wide range of expertise including applied econometrics, behavioural economics, economic growth and development, economic theory, experimental economics, financial economics, macroeconomics, organization theory, political economy. We have an even farther-reaching pool of expertise among our associate editors.