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The Journal of Human Resources

Publishing work in economics that employs the best available empirical methods.

Edited by David N. Figlio, Northwestern University
ISSN: 0022-166X, e-ISSN: 1548-8004
Published four times per year


The Journal of Human Resources is among the leading journals in empirical microeconomics. Intended for scholars, policy makers, and practitioners, each issue examines research in a variety of fields including labor economics, development economics, health economics, and the economics of education, discrimination, and retirement. Founded in 1965, the JHR features articles that make scientific contributions in research relevant to public policy practitioners.


JHR is one of the most highly cited journals in the Industrial Relations and Labor fields per ISI Journal Citation Reports. The 2011 ISI Journal Citation Reports© Ranking:
Labor & Industrial Relations: 1/2
Economics: 27/321
Impact Factor: 2.371
5-Year Impact Factor: 3.162


Special Issues:

Income Volatility and Implications for Food Assistance Programs, The Journal of Human Resources vol 38, supplement (2003).
Cross-National Comparative Research Using Panel Surveys: The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 38 #2.
Noncognitive Skills and Their Development: The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 43 #4.


Turnaround statistics for first-round submissions:
Average time to decision: 30.55 days
Median time to decision: 9 days
Acceptance rate: 58%



The Journals of Human Resources wins Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Awards for 2011

Citation of Excellence Award

The Journal of Human Resources article, “Teachers and the gender gaps in student achievement” by Thomas S. Dee
(The Journal of Human Resources, Summer 2007, vol. XLII no. 3, p. 528-554, doi: 10.3368/jhr.XLII.3.528, has won one of the prestigious Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Awards for 2011. It has been chosen as one of the top 50 articles with proven impact since its publication date (2007 in this case, to allow for citation impact to be accurately measured) from the top 300 management journals in the world.


Emerald Management Reviews is an abstracting and indexing database that covers every article in the top 300 business, management and economics journals worldwide including titles such as Harvard Business Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Marketing, Strategic Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Long Range Planning, Academy of Management Journal, and MIS Quarterly. 15,000 article abstracts are added to the database annually and so receiving a Citation of Excellence is an extraordinary achievement.


In memoriam:

Former managing editor, Barbara Dennis.


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