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IZA Journal of Labor Policy

IZA Journal of Labor Policy

Editors: J.F. Jimeno; D. Neumark
Managing Editor: Núria Rodríguez-Planas

ISSN: 2193-9004 (electronic version)

Journal no. 40173

IZA journal series

The IZA journal series is a series of five open access journals, launched in 2012 by the IZA and Springer. The journal series is owned by the IZA and published under the SpringerOpen brand.
The aim of the journal series is to provide a high quality, peer-reviewed outlet for papers, both applied and theoretical, as an instrument to foster production of knowledge and scientific excellence in the following areas:
  • program evaluation
  • personnel economics
  • institutional labor economics
  • migration and ethnicity
  • transition and emerging economies
  • jobs and development
  • future of labor
  • environment and development
  • growth and employment in low income countries
To enable the journals to make all of their content open access, usually SpringerOpen journals levy an article-processing charge (APC) for each manuscript accepted after peer review. The publication costs for articles in the IZA Journal Series are covered by IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor, so authors do not need to pay an article processing charge.
Authors are supposed to actively support the IZA journals by refereeing a certain number of articles. Referee reports will be due 21 days after you accept assignment.

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    Aims and Scope


    The IZA Journal of Labor Policy publishes scientific articles that are relevant for policy-making. This refers to papers addressing the impact of institutional settings and policy interventions on labor market outcomes, both from a theoretical as well as from an empirical point of view. In addition, the IZA Journal of Labor Policy publishes literature reviews and meta-analyses that synthesize existing research on policy relevant issues.

    What makes the IZA Journal of Labor Policy distinct from the vast majority of existing journals in economics is its focus on policy relevance rather than scientific innovation. We even welcome empirical replications as long as they constructively build upon existing findings. We expect papers that carefully address the causal identification of effects, but we do not regard statistical significance of empirical findings as a criterion for paper selection.

    Subject areas include evaluation of labor market programs and educational or other interventions that affect labor market outcomes, analysis of the relationship between institutions and labor market outcomes, and all public policy aspects of labor, education, welfare and related social policies, and retirement, including effective policy implementation.

    The IZA Journal of Labor Policy is central to IZA’s mission of supporting informed and research-based labor policy debates around the world. We want to make a serious contribution to a scientifically grounded understanding of what works when and how.

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