The ''Journal of Economic Literature'' is a
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, published by the
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, that surveys the academic literature in
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. It was established in 1963 as the ''Journal of Economic Abstracts'',Journal of Economic Literature: About JEL
retrieved 6 May 2011.
and is currently one of the highest ranked journals in economics.
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, it mainly features essays and reviews of recent economic theories (as opposed to the latest research). The
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is Steven Durlauf. The journal originated a widely used
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for publications in the field of economics.

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JEL classification codes Articles in List of economics journals, economics journals are usually classified according to JEL classification codes, which derive from the ''Journal of Economic Literature''. The ''JEL'' is published quarterly by the American Economic Associa ...


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