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The American Economist

The American Economist

Published in Association with Omicron Delta Epsilon

eISSN: 23281235 | ISSN: 05694345 | Current volume: 69 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-annually

Mission Statement: As an official publication of Omicron Delta Epsilon, The International Honor Society in Economics, The American Economist is a peer reviewed academic journal that publishes original research from all fields and schools of economic thought. The American Economist specifically encourages submissions from young scholars and those who are teaching the next generation of economists, and will continue to publish papers from experienced and prominent economists whose influence has shaped the discipline.

The American Economist is published twice a year and is indexed in all of the leading bibliographic databases, including EconLit, and back issues are included in the JSTOR archive. A distribution of 6,500 copies per issue guarantees that published research will reach a wide audience. All accepted papers will be published in a timely manner as the journal does not maintain a backlog of papers.

All issues of The American Economist are available to browse online.

The American Economist strives to contribute to the ongoing dialog and academic debates within the economics discipline by publishing original research and review articles from all fields and schools of economic thought. Published twice a year in the Spring and the Fall, the journal has honored academic achievement in economics for more than fifty years as an official publication of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics.

Carlos J. Asarta University of Delaware, USA
Editor Emeritus
Paul W. Grimes Pittsburg State University, USA
Book Review Editor
John Swinton Georgia College and State University, USA
Associate Editors
Laura Ahlstrom Oklahoma State University, USA
Cynthia Bansak St. Lawrence University, USA
John T. Harvey Texas Christian University, USA
Diego Mendez-Carbajo Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, USA
Kevin E. Rogers Mississippi State University, USA
Joseph M. Santos South Dakota State University, USA
Bruno S. Sergi University of Messina, Italy and Harvard University, USA
Xinyan Shi The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, USA
Mario Solis-Garcia Macalester College, USA
Editorial Board
Avinash K. Dixit Princeton University, USA
Victor R. Fuchs Stanford University and NBER, USA
N. Gregory Mankiw Harvard University, USA
Robert Solow Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: The American Economist



    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.


    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.


    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of The American Economist will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in The American Economist and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.



    1. Article types


    The American Economist publishes original research and review articles from all fields and schools of economic thought. Manuscripts should typically not exceed 30 pages of double-spaced text in 10 to 12 point font inclusive of abstract, references, tables, and figures. Notes and substantive comments on previous published work are also considered. Scholarly reviews of new books are published in each issue. Authors interested in providing a review and encouraged to contact the book review editor.

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    The American Economist employs a single-anonymize review system. Author names are known to reviewers but reviewer names will never be disclosed to authors. Each submitted manuscript will be critically reviewed by at least one external referee and at least one member of the journal’s editorial team, usually an Associate Editor. The external referee and Associate Editor provide publication recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief who renders the final decision.

    As part of the submission process you will be given the option to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    · The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission

    · The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors

    · Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the editorial team is not obliged to invite any recommended reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    The Editor or members of the editorial team may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the team and the submitting team member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section immediately following the submitted manuscript’s text. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    The American Economist requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: “This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.”

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    The American Economist encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway

    2.6 Research ethics and informed consent

    Studies employing experimental methods with human subjects must conform to applicable government regulations. The Acknowledgement section should explicitly state that all human subjects provided informed consent and that the study's design was approved by the appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Independent Ethics Committee (IEC).

    2.7 Data

    Sage acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    The American Economist requests that all authors provide detailed information in their articles on how access to their primary data may be obtained by other researchers. Full and complete citations to public data should be included in the References or Notes sections. Supplemental data files may be submitted to Sage for publication alongside the electronic version of accepted papers. Examples of data types include, but are not limited to, statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. All supplemental data submitted should comply with copyright law, Institutional Review Board requirements, and applicable government regulations.

    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    The American Economist and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    The American Economist offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the Sage Journal Author Gateway

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and LaTe templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures, and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Figures supplied in color will appear in color online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For specifically requested color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    4.4 Journal layout

    The American Economist conforms to the Sage house style. View the Sage House Style guidelines.

    4.5 Reference style

    The American Economist adheres to the APA reference style, 7th Edition. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information. 

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    The American Economist is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to create a profile to submit your manuscript.

    5.2 Title, keywords, and abstracts

    Please supply a title, an abstract, and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the Sage Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic or professional affiliations are required for all co-authors.  

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 OnlineFirst publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit the Online First Fact Sheet.

    7. Further information


    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to The American Economist’s editorial office as follows:


    Paul W. Grimes, Editor-in-Chief

    The American Economist

    101 Kelce College of Business

    Pittsburg State University

    Pittsburg, KS 66762

    (620) 235-4590


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