AEJ Best Paper Awards

Each year, an article from each American Economic Journal is selected from nominated articles for the AEJ Best Paper Award. Nominations are open now.  The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2022.  Winners will be announced in April.

2021AEJ Best Paper Medals

Social Media and Corruption
Ruben Enikolopov
Maria Petrova
Konstantin Sonin
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Volume 10, No. 1, January 2018

How Antitrust Enforcement Can Spur Innovation: Bell Labs and the 1956 Consent Decree
Martin Watzinger
Thomas A. Fackler
Markus Nagler
Monika Schnitzer
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Volume 12, No. 4, November 2020

Deconstructing Monetary Policy Surprises – The Role of Information Shocks
Marek JarociƄski
Peter Karadi
American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Volume 12, No. 2, April 2020

Who Benefits from Information Disclosure? The Case of Retail Gasoline
Fernando Luco
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Volume 11, No. 2, May 2019


Children and Gender Inequality: Evidence from Denmark
Henrik Klevin
Camille Landais
Jakob Egholt Søgaard
AEJ: Applied Economics, 11 (4)

Who is Screened Out? Application Costs and the Targeting of Disability Programs
Manasi Deshpande
Yue Li
AEJ: Economic Policy, 11 (4)

A Model of Secular Stagnation: Theory and Quantitative Evaluation
Gauti Eggertsson
Neil R. Mehrotra
Jacob Robbins
AEJ: Macroeconomics, 11 (1)

Discrimination via Symmetric Auctions
Rahul Deb
Mallesh Pai
AEJ: Microeconomics, 9 (1)


Expertise versus Bias in Evaluation: Evidence from the NIH
Danielle Li
AEJ: Applied Economics, 9 (2)

Adaptation to Climate Change: Evidence from US Agriculture
Marshall Burke and Kyle Emerick
AEJ: Economic Policy, 8 (3)

The Firm Size Distribution across Countries and Skill-Biased Change in Entrepreneurial Technology
Markus Poschke
AEJ: Macroeconomics, 10 (3)

A Pseudo-Market Approach to Allocation with Priorities
Yinghua He, Antonio Miralles, Marek Pycia, and Jianye Yan
AEJ: Microeconomics, 10 (3)

2019 AEJ Best Paper Winners
(L to R) Janet Yellen and 2019 recipients Danielle Li, Kyle Emerick (co-author Marshall Burke not present), Markus Poschke, Yinghua He and Jianye Yan (co-authors Antonio Miralles and Marek Pycia not present)


The Persistent Effect of Temporary Affirmative Action
Conrad Miller
AEJ: Applied Economics, 9 (3)

Income, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Infant Health
Hilary Hoynes, Doug Miller and David Simon
AEJ: Economic Policy, 7 (1)

Gender Gaps and the Rise of the Service Economy
L. Rachel Ngai and Barbara Petrongolo
AEJ: Macroeconomics, 9 (4)

Collective Self-Control
Alessandro Lizzeri and Leeat Yariv
AEJ: Microeconomics, 9 (3)

Barbara Petrongolo (L) and L. Rachel Ngai (center) receiving AEJ:Macro Best Paper Awards

David Simon and Hilary Hoynes receiving AEJ:Policy Best Paper Awards (not pictured: Doug Miller)

Conrad Miller receiving AEJ:Applied Best Paper Award

Alessandro Lizzeri receiving AEJ:Micro Best Paper Award (not pictured: Leeat Yariv)


  • Ruben Durante and Stefano DellaVigna, recipients of the 2017 AEJ: Applied Economics Best Paper Award (not pictured: Brian Knight and Eliana La Ferrara)

    Philippe Aghion and Julian Kolev, recipients of the 2017 AEJ: Economic Policy Best Paper Award (not pictured: Fiona Murray, Mathias Dewatripont, and Scott Stern)

    Martin S. Eichenbaum and Lawrence J. Christiano, recipients of the 2017 AEJ: Macroeconomics Best Paper Award (not pictured: Mathias Trabandt)



Enrico Moretti, recipient of the
2015 AEJ: Applied Economics Best Paper Award

François Gourio, recipient of the
2015 AEJ: Macroeconomics Best Paper Award

Kenneth Hendricks, recipient of the
2015 AEJ: Microeconomics Best Paper Award
(Alan Sorensen and Thomas Wiseman, not pictured)

Alan J. Auerbach and Yuriy Gorodnichenko,
recipients of the
2015 AEJ: Economic Policy Best Paper Award