Journal of Population Economics

The Journal of Population Economics is an international quarterly that publishes original theoretical and applied research in all areas of population economics.

Micro-level topics examine individual, household or family behavior, including household formation, marriage, divorce, fertility choices, education, labor supply, migration, health, risky behavior and aging. Macro-level investigations may address such issues as economic growth with exogenous or endogenous population evolution, population policy, savings and pensions, social security, housing, and health care.

The journal also features research into economic approaches to human biology, the relationship between population dynamics and public choice, and the impact of population on the distribution of income and wealth. Lastly, readers will find papers dealing with policy issues and development problems that are relevant to population issues.

The Journal of Population Economics is a highly cited and influential journal.
2-YEAR IMPACT FACTOR 1.840 (2019) vs. 1.253 (2018)
5-YEAR IMPACT FACTOR 2.353 (2019) vs. 2.072 (2018)
and the RePEc FACTOR: 15.432 (June 2020), Rank 255 of 4918

Springer Website/submissions

Editorial Office
Journal of Population Economics, c/o POP at UNU-MERIT
Boschstraat 24
6211 AX Maastricht
The Netherlands
Homepage UNU-MERIT

Useful information

  • Discussion Papers like the GLO Discussion Papers are preprints and do not count as publications. See for instance the Springer Preprint Sharing policy. The Journal of Population Economics values manuscript submissions with DP history.

Klaus F. Zimmermann
Global Labor Organization (GLO), UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands; E-mail:

Managing Editors
Michaella Vanore

‎Maastricht University, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/UNU-MERIT, The Netherlands
Madeline Zavodny
University of North Florida, Coggin College of Business, Jacksonville, USA


Shuaizhang Feng, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China;
Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA;
Oded Galor, Brown University, Providence, USA;
Terra McKinnish, University of Colorado Boulder, USA;
Grégory Ponthière, UCLouvain, Belgium;

Associate Editors

Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University, USA
Quamrul Ashraf, Williams College, Williamstown, USA
Stijn Baert, Ghent University, Belgium
Kaushik Basu, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
David Card, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Barry R. Chiswick, The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA
Andrew Clark, Paris School of Economics, France
Michael A. Clemens, Center for Global Development, Washington DC, USA
Helmuth Cremer, GREMAQ and IDEI, University of Toulouse, France
Janet Currie, Princeton University, USA
Avraham Ebenstein, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Gil S. Epstein, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
John F. Ermisch, University of Oxford, UK
Ira N. Gang, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
Corrado Giulietti, University of Southampton, UK
Moshe Hazan, Tel Aviv University, Israel
James J. Heckman, University of Chicago, USA
Kai A. Konrad, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Munich, Germany
Eliana La Ferrara, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
Ronald D. Lee, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Jason M. Lindo, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA
Hani Mansour, University of Colorado Denver, USA
Milena Nikolova, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Ömer Özak, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA
Jessica Pan, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Francesco Pastore, University of Naples II, Italy
Giovanni Peri, University of California Davis, USA
Hillel Rapoport, Paris School of Economics, France
Daniel I. Rees, University of Colorado Denver, USA
David Ribar, Georgia State University, USA
Jessamyn Schaller, Claremont McKenna College, USA
T. Paul Schultz, Yale University, New Haven, USA
Kompal Sinha, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Uwe Sunde, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany
Rainer Winkelmann, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Zhong Zhao, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China