The Journal of Economic Inequality provides a forum for analysis and measurement of economic and social inequalities, using theoretical and empirical approaches. Among the topics considered are: differences within and between countries, and globally; inequalities of outcome and of opportunity, poverty, and mobility; univariate and multivariate approaches; differences between socioeconomic groups; the factor distribution of income; related statistical and data issues, and policy analysis.

Officially cited as: J Econ Inequal

  • Provides a forum for analysis of economic inequality
  • Considers uni- and multidimensional measures of "well-being", from cross-sectional and longitudinal perspectives
  • Examines living standards, inequality, and poverty, within and between countries, globally, and their trends over time

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Frank Cowell
Associate Editors
  • Cecilia García-Peñalosa,
  • Markus Jäntti,
  • Guillermo Cruces,
  • Koen Decancq,
  • Paul Makdissi,
  • Andreas Peichl,
  • Daniel Waldenström,
  • Phillippe Van Kerm,
  • Martyna Kobus
Founding Editor
  • Jacques Silber
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

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1.044 (2019)
Impact factor
1.769 (2019)
Five year impact factor
72 days
Submission to first decision
650 days
Submission to acceptance
37,432 (2019)
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  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Call For Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Economic Inequality: COVID-19: A Great Equalizer? Pandemics and Economic Inequality

    Is the current COVID-19 pandemic increasing or decreasing economic inequality? Are more equal societies more resilient to large health shocks? How steep is the social gradient of the COVID-19 impact? What is the distributional impact of the social distancing measures? What will be the long run impact on markets, policies, and institutions? Are existing social insurance mechanisms responding efficiently? How to evaluate the joint effect of the pandemic on the health and income distribution?

    The Journal of Economic Inequality solicits submissions for a special issue on “Pandemics and economic inequality” to publish research that addresses these and related questions.


  • Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Economic Inequality

    Finding the Upper Tail:

    Empirical Strategies and Methods for the Top of the Distribution


    One of the challenges in inequality measurement concerns measurement at the top of the distribution when it is imperfectly observed in the data. Household surveys usually do not capture the top very well because of sampling-design, data-collection and data-preparation problems. Upper-tail issues matter for inequality measurement and thus also for the ability to properly assess the role of fiscal policy for distributional outcomes.


    Recent years have witnessed a variety of proposed approaches aimed at addressing problems of the upper tail. Some rely entirely on information about surveyed incomes (consumption or wealth) and some use additional information from tax records, National Accounts, rich lists and other sources to replace, complement or correct surveys. Other approaches instead focus on method enhancement, which involves the use of weighting schemes or parametric approximations.


    The Journal of Economic Inequality is soliciting submissions for a special issue, “Finding the Upper Tail”, aimed at publishing research that specifically addresses these and related questions. The objectives of this issue are to provide outstanding examples of existing approaches, to compare advantages and limitations of alternative methodologies, and to share expert views on what should be done in light of the uncertainties implied by the approaches proposed in the literature.

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