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.

We wish our authors, referees & readers a happy, healthy and very productive 2022!

The Journal of Population Economics (JoPE) is a highly cited and influential journal.

SSCI IMPACT FACTOR 2.813 (2020) from 1.840 (2019) & 1.253 (2018)
SSCI 5-Year Impact Factor 3.318 (2020)
from 2.353 (2019) & 2.072 (2018)
SSCI Journal Citation Indicator (JCI) = 1.20 (2020).
JoPE has 20% more citation impact than the average in its category.
Rank by JCI
in 2020: 98/549, Q1 Economics; 10/49, Q1 in Demography
CiteScore (Scopus):
3.9 (2020)
SJR (Scimago Journal Rank):
1.89 (2020)
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 for potential authors

  • 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


Xi Chen, Yale University, 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;
Kompal Sinha, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia;
Milena Nikolova, University of Groningen, The Netherlands;

Associate Editors

Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University, USA
Quamrul Ashraf, Williams College, Williamstown, USA
Stijn Baert, Ghent University, Belgium
Kaushik Basu, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
German Blanco, Illinois State University, USA
David Card, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Yi Chen, ShanghaiTech University, China
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
Corrado Giulietti, University of Southampton, UK
Moshe Hazan, Tel Aviv University, Israel
James J. Heckman, University of Chicago, USA
Hugo Jales, Syracuse University, USA
Kai A. Konrad, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Munich, Germany
Eliana La Ferrara, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
Marie-Louise Leroux, Université du Québec, Canada
Hani Mansour, University of Colorado Denver, USA
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
Olga Popova, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany, and CERGE-EI, Prague, Czech Republic
Hillel Rapoport, Paris School of Economics, France
David Ribar, Georgia State University, USA
Jessamyn Schaller, Claremont McKenna College, USA
Uwe Sunde, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany
Emmanuel Thibault, Toulouse School of Economics & University of Perpignan, France
Sisi Zhang, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
Zhong Zhao, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China