The American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings Information

What is Papers and Proceedings?

Papers and Proceedings is published as the May issue of the American Economic Review each year. Selected papers and discussions of papers presented at the annual meeting are published along with reports of the secretary and treasurer.

How are papers selected for Papers and Proceedings?

Seven to eight months in advance of the annual January meeting, the American Economic Association's (AEA) President-elect, with the help of a Program Committee, selects the meeting sessions from the proposals received. From among these sessions, the President-elect chooses, at the time of organizing the annual meeting, a number of sessions to be printed in the Papers and Proceedings volume. Due to space limitations, the number of included sessions is strictly limited. Usually, each member of the Program Committee invites a session of three papers that is included in the Papers and Proceedings. By Executive Committee decision, the President-Elect chooses at least 12 additional submitted papers for the Papers and Proceedings volume. Eighteen papers included in the Papers and Proceedings are selected by AEA Committees.

How can I have my paper published in Papers and Proceedings?

The Papers and Proceedings issue includes only papers that are presented at the AEA's annual meeting. All papers must first be proposed, accepted, and presented at the AEA's annual meeting.

To propose a paper, authors should visit the AEA's Annual Meeting Submission Portal ( The Submission Portal opens in early March. It closes at the beginning of April for individual proposals and in mid-April for complete session proposals.

Authors interested in presenting a paper are advised to propose a complete session, rather than individual papers. The AEA's EconHarmony site ( allows prospective authors to post session ideas and find others with similar paper ideas in order to form a group session. EconHarmony opens in early February and accepts proposals through mid-April. Note that EconHarmony does not function as a submission portal: all prospective authors must use the AEA's standard Submission Portal in order to have their proposals considered.

All prospective authors receive email notification by August of whether their proposal to present has been accepted or rejected. Shortly thereafter, authors whose sessions have been selected to be included in the Papers and Proceedings are notified. Authors whose papers have been selected for the print volume will receive several notifications of applicable deadlines, length requirements, and style guidelines in the months prior to the annual meeting. The deadline for paper submission is typically several days following the end of the Annual Meetings. A style guide can be found at

Specific questions regarding the selection process for the annual meeting may be directed to

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