Top 20 Economics Journals of 2022

Whether you are trying to decide where to publish your research findings, searching for a thought-provoking publication to share at journal club, or simply interested in exploring the latest literature, this article is likely to help you to achieve your aims. We have outlined the rankings of the best journals from the field of Economics according to impact factor, Google’s h5-index, and the scoring system of the research group SCImago.

Note that this article focuses on the “general” rankings of scientific journals related to Economics. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field then this article may not satisfy your needs.

If the accessibility of a journal is of importance to you, keep in mind that the journals we have listed may not have open access status.

Historically, quantitative metrics such as impact factor have provided an objective method for comparing the relative influence and prestige of competing journals. However, the quality of a journal should be assessed holistically and not be based on metrics alone.

In addition to considering the data in this article, we encourage you to visit the website of each journal where you can learn about its purpose and scope, editorial board and practices, and detailed metrics beyond impact factor, which will better inform your search.

Google ranks scientific journals using the h5-index, an index that considers publications in the journal over the past 5 years and that is intended to take into account both the number and quality of publications.

Google’s h5-index value is calculated to maximize both the number of published papers and the number of citations. According to wikipedia, the “h-index is defined as the maximum value of h such that the given author/journal has published h papers that have each been cited at least h times.”

SCImago, a data science and visualization research group from Spain, has also ranked the top journals in Economics. Their most recent release is for the year 2021.

The SCImago Journal Ranking (SJR) considers not only the number of citations but also the relative prestige of the citation sources, with greater rank enhancement provided by citations from high prestige journals. The SJR is normalized to 1 with an SJR greater than 1 indicating “above average” citation potential.

Data regarding the impact factor of each journal represents the current two-year impact factor as identified by the Journal Citation Reports. Check out our article on the history, definition, and implications of impact factor for more information on the metric.

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Top 20 Economics Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. American Economic Review – h5-index: 160
  2. The Review of Financial Studies – h5-index: 115
  3. The Quarterly Journal of Economics – h5-index: 113
  4. Journal of Political Economy – h5-index: 108
  5. The Journal of Finance – h5-index: 103
  6. The Review of Economic Studies – h5-index: 92
  7. Econometrica – h5-index: 88
  8. Journal of Economic Perspectives – h5-index: 82
  9. Journal of Public Economics – h5-index: 78
  10. Review of Economics and Statistics – h5-index: 77
  11. Journal of Development Economics – h5-index: 73
  12. The Economic Journal – h5-index: 71
  13. Journal of Monetary Economics – h5-index: 67
  14. Journal of International Economics – h5-index: 67
  15. Economic Modelling – h5-index: 62
  16. Economics Letters – h5-index: 61
  17. Journal of the European Economic Association – h5-index: 60
  18. Journal of Economic Literature – h5-index: 59
  19. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics – h5-index: 56
  20. European Economic Review – h5-index: 56

Top 20 Economics Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics – Journal Ranking: 10.079
  2. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics – Journal Ranking: 9.804
  3. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy – Journal Ranking: 8.636
  4. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics – Journal Ranking: 5.678
  5. Journal of the European Economic Association – Journal Ranking: 5.535
  6. Structural Equation Modeling – Journal Ranking: 3.302
  7. Journal of Supply Chain Management – Journal Ranking: 3.034
  8. Theoretical Economics – Journal Ranking: 2.909
  9. Quantitative Marketing and Economics – Journal Ranking: 2.882
  10. Work, Aging and Retirement – Journal Ranking: 2.380
  11. Journal of Economic History – Journal Ranking: 2.306
  12. Experimental Economics – Journal Ranking: 2.193
  13. IMF Economic Review – Journal Ranking: 2.107
  14. Journal of Financial Stability – Journal Ranking: 1.657
  15. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal – Journal Ranking: 1.465
  16. Extremes – Journal Ranking: 1.415
  17. Economy and Society – Journal Ranking: 1.384
  18. Journal of International Economic Law – Journal Ranking: 1.360
  19. Asia Pacific Journal of Management – Journal Ranking: 1.315
  20. Socio-Economic Review – Journal Ranking: 1.315

Top 50 Economics Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Quarterly Journal of Economics – Impact Factor: 19.013
  2. Economic Geography – Impact Factor: 14.921
  3. Journal of Economic Literature – Impact Factor: 12.905
  4. American Economic Review – Impact Factor: 11.49
  5. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics: Revue Canadienne D Agroeconomie – Impact Factor: 11.353
  6. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review – Impact Factor: 10.047
  7. Journal of Economic Perspectives – Impact Factor: 9.944
  8. Journal of Political Economy – Impact Factor: 9.637
  9. Energy Economics – Impact Factor: 9.252
  10. Review of Financial Studies – Impact Factor: 8.414
  11. Journal of Public Economics – Impact Factor: 8.262
  12. Journal of Financial Economics – Impact Factor: 8.238
  13. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance – Impact Factor: 8.222
  14. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics – Impact Factor: 7.966
  15. Journal of Finance – Impact Factor: 7.915
  16. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity – Impact Factor: 7.914
  17. Review of Economic Studies – Impact Factor: 7.833
  18. Review of International Organizations – Impact Factor: 7.833
  19. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological – Impact Factor: 7.632
  20. Energy Policy – Impact Factor: 7.576
  21. Journal of Accounting & Economics – Impact Factor: 7.293
  22. Small Business Economics – Impact Factor: 7.096
  23. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy – Impact Factor: 7.048
  24. International Journal of Forecasting – Impact Factor: 7.022
  25. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics – Impact Factor: 6.718
  26. World Development – Impact Factor: 6.678
  27. Annual Review of Resource Economics – Impact Factor: 6.617
  28. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice – Impact Factor: 6.615
  29. Journal of Cultural Economy – Impact Factor: 6.613
  30. Oeconomia Copernicana – Impact Factor: 6.574
  31. Ecological Economics – Impact Factor: 6.536
  32. Review of Economics and Statistics – Impact Factor: 6.481
  33. Econometrica – Impact Factor: 6.383
  34. Oxford Review of Economic Policy – Impact Factor: 6.326
  35. Fiscal Studies – Impact Factor: 6.19
  36. Transport Policy – Impact Factor: 6.173
  37. Food Policy – Impact Factor: 6.08
  38. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy – Impact Factor: 6.067
  39. Annual Review of Economics – Impact Factor: 5.97
  40. Journal of Transport Geography – Impact Factor: 5.899
  41. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management – Impact Factor: 5.84
  42. Journal of Human Resources – Impact Factor: 5.784
  43. Technological and Economic Development of Economy – Impact Factor: 5.656
  44. Journal of Urban Economics – Impact Factor: 5.456
  45. American Economic Review-insights – Impact Factor: 5.429
  46. NBER Macroeconomics Annual – Impact Factor: 5.385
  47. Journal of Business & Economic Statistics – Impact Factor: 5.309
  48. European Journal of Health Economics – Impact Factor: 5.271
  49. Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society – Impact Factor: 5.176
  50. Journal of Economic Geography – Impact Factor: 5.117

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