Editor’s Report

Labour Economics (the official journal of the European Association of Labour Economists)
Editor-in-Chief: Arthur van Soest

Aims and Scope:  Labour Economics is devoted to publishing international research on empirical, theoretical and econometric topics that are of particular interest to labour economists. In particular, Labour Economics gives due recognition to solid empirical work with a strong economic interpretation. From time to time Labour Economics publishes review articles and articles on comparative labour market policies. Special issues and special sections of Labour Economics are available for the publication of collections of high quality topical papers or conference papers.

Journal statistics: The number of submissions continues to increase. We now receive around 560 regular and special issue submissions per year. The rate of desk rejections is almost 50%, whereas the acceptance rate is between 12 and 13%. We aim to make a first decision within 3 months and we reach this goal for 75-80 % of all submissions. The impact factor has slightly risen over the past few years, to 1.335 in 2019.

Special Issues: Special Conference Issue: After 19 years of publishing the EALE special issue, it has established itself as a popular channel of dissemination. The acceptance rate is a bit higher than for regular issues because the eligible submissions were already accepted for the EALE conference. The 2020 EALE SOLE AASLE special conference issue will be edited by Claudia Olivetti (Dartmouth College) and Maia Güell (The University of Edinburgh).

Special issues Labour Economics in progress:

  • “AASLE Special Conference Issue 2019 Singapore”, guest edited by Yves Zenou (Monash University) & Daiji Kawaguchi (University of Tokyo)
  • “Technology and the Labour Market”, guest edited by
    Georg Graetz (Uppsala University), Pascual Restrepo (Boston University) Oskar Nordström Skans (Uppsala University).
  • “Firms, Vacancies and Recruitment”, guest edited by Carlos Carrillo-Tudela (University of Essex), Leo Kaas (Goethe University Frankfurt).

Editorial board
 We thank Ghazala Azmat (Science Po) as outgoing co-editor for her great service and welcome two new co-editors: Thomas Dohmen (University of Bonn) and Lena Hensvik (Uppsala University).

The editorial board currently (May 2020) consists of: Manuela Angelucci (University of Texas at Austin),  Carlos Carrillo-Tudela (University of Essex), Thomas Dohmen (University of Bonn), Bernd Fitzenberger (Humboldt University of Berlin), Luca Flabbi (University of North Carolina), Albrecht Glitz (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Lena Hensvik (Uppsala University), Michele Pellizzari (University of Geneva), Peter Rupert (University of California), Wilbert van der Klaauw (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Conny Wunsch (University of Basel) and Arthur van Soest (Tilburg University).