American Economic Journals Discussion Forum

In order to encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas, the American Economic Journals offer an online discussion forum for all published articles.

Here you can discuss, ask questions, or generally debate anything related to the published material. To ease navigation and to give focus to the discourse, there is a separate discussion forum for each article. AEA members and authors of articles published in the American Economic Journals can post comments and links to materials such as powerpoint presentations, working papers, and datasets.

To make a comment or post a link, go to the articles page for the paper on which you want to make a comment and select "Post a Comment on This Article" under the heading AEJ Discussion Forum.

To read comments on an article, go to the articles page for that paper and select "View Comments on This Article," also under the heading AEJ Discussion Forum. The most recent comment will appear first.

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

Contents of Current Issues

July 2015 AEJ: Macro

July 2015 AER

July 2015 AEJ: Applied

June 2015 JEL

Spring 2015 JEP

May 2015 AEJ: Policy

May 2015 AEJ: Micro

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In the News:

A Wall Street Journal analysis of potential merger activity in the health insurance industry cited a study published in the American Economic Review. In "Paying a Premium on Your Premium? Consolidation in the US Health Insurance Industry," the authors found that a 1999 merger between two large U.S. health insurers drove up customer premiums and depressed doctors' earnings in certain parts of the country.

Two articles on tax enforcement and compliance from last year's Journal of Economic Perspectives symposium were recently featured on the Undercover Economist blog in the Financial Times.

New research from the current issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives titled "Systematic Bias and Nontransparency in US Social Security Administration Forecasts" was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Barron's, and USA Today. The authors document a pattern of overly-optimistic forecasts by the Social Security Administration in recent years.

The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted a World Bank conference on financial services for the poor which featured work appearing in the January 2015 issue of AEJ: Applied Economics. The issue included six randomized studies of microcredit spanning four continents that found little evidence of transformative results -- in most cases, microcredit provided only a temporary boost in income for borrowers. However, there is suggestive evidence that the effects may be more positive for certain sub-populations, and critics contend that it may still be too early to tell whether these interventions will ultimately prove to be broadly effective.

The data from each study is available on this website, and researchers are encouraged to continue the analysis. An overview article from the issue summarizing the results has been made available by the AEA. A webcast of the proceedings from the conference can be found here.

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