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Journal of Institutional Economics

A multi-disciplinary forum for research on economic institutions


ISSN: 1744-1374    EISSN: 1744-1382


From 2018, JOIE will appear six times a year - in February, April, June, August, October and December.


Listed from 2012 on the Social Sciences Citation Index®

2017 Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson-Reuters) Citation Impact Factor:   2.139


“The Journal of Institutional Economics is bringing together the best scholarship from all over the world on the study of institutions, the incentives they generate, and likely outcomes.  I enthusiastically look forward to each issue.”

Professor Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012)

2009 Nobel Laureate in Economics




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Institutions are the stuff of social and economic life. The importance of understanding the role of institutions in economic growth is now widely appreciated. The Journal of Institutional Economics is devoted to the study of the nature, role and evolution of institutions in the economy, including firms, states, markets, money, households and other vital institutions and organizations. It welcomes contributions by all schools of thought and academic disciplines that can contribute to our understanding of the features, development and functions of real world economic institutions and organizations.

The Journal of Institutional Economics is a multi-disciplinary journal that will be of interest to all academics working in the social sciences, particularly in economics and business studies. Contributions from politics, geography, anthropology, sociology, law and philosophy will also be welcomed. The Journal of Institutional Economics aims to provide all authors with an expert verdict on their articles within fifty days of submission. We meet this target in the majority of cases.

Open Access

Concerning open access, the Journal of Institutional Economics is a green/gold hybrid journal. This means that authors have the option of paying a fee to the publisher to make their accepted article accessible for free in its final form (gold option). In all other cases, accepted articles may be made freely available, but only in their pre-copyedited form, on the author's personal or institutional websites (green option).

Publication Ethics

The publisher, Cambridge University Press, is a member of the Commitee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Associations Providing Access to JOIE

Members of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) have online access to JOIE free of charge as part of their membership benefits.

Members of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR) have online access to JOIE free of charge as part of their membership benefits. An annual supplement of £10 is payable for hard copies of the journal.