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Most popular economics papers

The Quarterly Journal of Economics is the oldest professional journal of economics in the English language. It covers all aspects of the field, and is invaluable to professional and academic economists and students around the world.

The Review of Economic Studies aims to encourage research in theoretical and applied economics, especially by young economists. It is widely recognised as one of the core top-five economics journals, with a reputation for publishing pioneering articles, and is essential reading for economists.

We have created a collection of the most popular papers of 2015 from each journal, covering a range of topics, from intergenerational mobility, to the payday lending market, to the gender gap in the workplace.

All of the articles included in the collection will be free to read online until the end of March 2016. Click below to start reading.


The Quarterly Journal of Economics

Quarterly Journal of EconomicsThe Impact of Jury Race in Criminal Trials
Shamena Anwar, Patrick Bayer, and Randi Hjalmarsson
(2012) 127 (2): 1017-1055

Editor's Choice: Where is the land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States
Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, and Emmanuel Saez
(2014) 129 (4): 1553-1623

Editor's Choice: Does Religion Affect Economic Growth and Happiness? Evidence from Ramadan
Filipe Campante and David Yanagizawa-Drott
(2015) 130 (2): 615-658

Editor's Choice: The Aggregate Effect of School Choice: Evidence from a Two-Stage Experiment in India
Karthik Muralidharan and Venkatesh Sundararaman    
(2015) 130 (3): 1011-1066

Editor's Choice: The Employment Effects of Credit Market Disruptions: Firm-level Evidence from the 2008–9 Financial Crisis
Gabriel Chodorow-Reich
(2014) 129 (1): 1-59

The Changing of the Boards: The Impact on Firm Valuation of Mandated Female Board Representation
Kenneth R. Ahern and Amy K. Dittmar
(2012) 127 (1): 137-197

The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Evidence from the First Year
Amy Finkelstein, Sarah Taubman, Bill Wright, Mira Bernstein, Jonathan Gruber, Joseph P. Newhouse, Heidi Allen, Katherine Baicker, and Oregon Health Study Group
(2012) 127 (3): 1057-1106

Editor's Choice: Very Long-Run Discount Rates
Stefano Giglio, Matteo Maggiori, and Johannes Stroebel
(2015) 130 (1): 1-53

Does Working from Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment
Nicholas Bloom, James Liang, John Roberts, and Zhichun Jenny Ying
(2015) 130 (1): 165-218

The Real Costs of Credit Access: Evidence from the Payday Lending Market
Brian T. Melzer
(2011) 126 (1): 517-555


The Review of Economic StudiesReview of Economics Studies

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
Roland Benabou and Jean Tirole
(2003) 70 (3): 489-520

Consideration Sets and Competitive Marketing
Kfir Eliaz and Ran Spiegler
(2011) 78 (1): 235-262

Optimal Bandwidth Choice for the Regression Discontinuity Estimator
Guido Imbens and Karthik Kalyanaraman
(2012) 79 (3): 933-959

Commodity Price Shocks and Civil Conflict: Evidence from Colombia
Oeindrila Dube and Juan F. Vargas
(2013) 80 (4): 1384-1421

History, Expectations, and Leadership in the Evolution of Social Norms
Daron Acemoglu and Matthew O. Jackson
(2015) 82 (2): 423-456

Estimates of the Trade and Welfare Effects of NAFTA
Lorenzo Caliendo and Fernando Parro
(2015) 82 (1): 1-44

The Impact of Competition on Management Quality: Evidence from Public Hospitals
Nicholas Bloom, Carol Propper, Stephan Seiler, and John Van Reenen
(2015) 82 (2): 457-489

The Intergenerational Transmission of Risk and Trust Attitudes
Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde
(2012) 79 (2): 645-677

The Mortality Cost of Political Connections
Raymond Fisman and Yongxiang Wang
(2015) 82 (4): 1346-1382

Do Competitive Workplaces Deter Female Workers? A Large-Scale Natural Field Experiment on Job Entry Decisions
Jeffrey A. Flory, Andreas Leibbrandt, and John A. List
(2015) 82 (1): 122-155