Journal of Economics and Finance

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 1–37 | Cite as

The most frequent contributors to the elite economics journals: Half century of contributions to the “Blue ribbon eight”

  • Jean L. Heck
  • Peter A. Zaleski


There is a natural curiosity within the economic academic community regarding who are the most frequent contributors to the economic literature. This paper presents an analysis of the top publishers in the “Blue Ribbon Eight” economics journals, over the past 50 years (1954–2003), plus two 25-year subperiods of 1954–1978 and 1979–2003. While it is tempting to use these results to rank economics departments, this paper is meant to be an historical appreciation of these authors and journals and not meant to imply any type of current ranking.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean L. Heck
    • 1
  • Peter A. Zaleski
    • 1
  1. 1.Villanova UniversityVillanova

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