Editor's Report

Labour Economics (the official journal of the European Association of Labour Economists)

Aims and Scope: Labour Economics is devoted to publishing international research on empirical, theoretical and econometric topics that are of particular interest to labour economists. In particular, Labour Economics gives due recognition to solid empirical work with a strong economic interpretation. From time to time Labour Economics publishes review articles and articles on comparative labour market policies. Special issues and special sections of Labour Economics are available for the publication of collections of high quality topical papers or conference papers.

Journal statistics: The number of submissions continues to increase. We now receive around 560 regular and special issue submissions per year. The rate of desk rejections is almost 50%, whereas the acceptance rate is between 12 and 13%. We aim to make a first decision within 3 months and we reach this goal for 75-80 % of all submissions. The impact factor has slightly risen over the past few years, to 1.335 in 2019.

Special issues Labour Economics

EALE Conference Issue: After 19 years of publishing the EALE special issue, it has established itself as a popular channel of dissemination. The acceptance rate is a bit higher than for regular issues because the eligible submissions were already accepted for the EALE conference. The 2020 EALE SOLE AASLE special conference issue will be edited by Claudia Olivetti (dartmouth College) and Maia Güell (the University of Edinburgh).

Special issues Labour Economics in progress

  • "AASLE Special Conference Issue 2019 Singapore": Guest editors: Yves Zenou (Monash University) and Daiji Kawaguchi (University of Tokyo).
  • “Technology and the Labour Market” Guest editors: Georg Graetz (Uppsala University), Pascual Restrepo (Boston University) Oskar Nordström Skans (Uppsala University).
  • "Firms, Vacancies and Recruitment", Guest editors: Carlos Carrillo-Tudela (University of Essex), Leo Kaas (Goethe University, Frankfurt).

Editorial board: We thank Ghazala Azmat (Science Po) as outgoing co-editor for her great service and welcome two new co-editors: Thomas Dohmen (University of Bonn) and Lena Hensvik (Uppsala University).

The editorial board currently (May 2020) consists of: Manuela Angelucci (University of Texas at Austin),  Carlos Carrillo-Tudela (University of Essex), Thomas Dohmen (University of Bonn), Bernd Fitzenberger (Humboldt University of Berlin), Luca Flabbi (University of North Carolina), Albrecht Glitz (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Lena Hensvik (Uppsala University), Michele Pellizzari (University of Geneva), Peter Rupert (University of California), Wilbert van der Klaauw (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Conny Wunsch (University of Basel) and Arthur van Soest (Tilburg University).

The latest open access articles published in Labour Economics

Immigration and the Tower of Babel: Using language barriers to identify individual labor market effects of immigration – Open access
Maria Forthun Hoen

Distributional effects of welfare reform for young adults: An unconditional quantile regression approach – Open access
Øystein M. Hernæs

Local labour demand and immigrant employment – Open access
Luz Azlor | Anna Piil Damm |

Arthur van Soest,
Editor in Chief