2018 Open access highlights in Economics
Looking back at the past year to inspire the future
Economics open access highlights
We're taking a look back and to reflect on some of the most popular Economics research, to inspire us as we begin the new year.
We invite Samuel Beattie from our editorial team, to share his experience in the Economics programme.
Read and share our key articles and journals - our research is fully open access, and are freely available online on a permanent basis to a wide global audience.
The year in review.. an editorial perspective
2018 has been a year of relative economic stability, with global economic growth remaining consistent from 2017 at 3% (1). Ten years on from the global financial crisis, research suggests the world economy has managed to recover from the lasting effects of 2007-8. However, looking beyond the macro perspective, economies continue to shift and change, influenced by many political, societal and environmental factors. Economic research remains vital in understanding these factors and planning for what will come next.
The SpringerOpen portfolio of fully open access journals covers a wide range of economic areas, including: economic structures, agriculture and food economics, labour markets and policy and finance. Read some highlights from the portfolio published in 2018 below:
New journal launch: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics
Launched on the 25th January 2018, the Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics was founded in 1867 as the official publication of the Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics. 2018 marks the journal’s first year as a fully open access publication, covering theoretical and empirical research that contributes to any field of economics. Visit the journal webpage here.
Featured journal: Agricultural and Food Economics
Now in its sixth year of publishing with SpringerOpen, Agricultural and Food Economics is the official journal of the Italian Society of Agricultural Economics. It publishes research articles by economists, scholars, and researchers from all over the world on areas relating to the economics of food, nutrition and agricultural systems. Visit the journal webpage here.
- The economics of secession:
Within Europe, the ongoing Brexit discussions continue to affect the economic landscape of EU member states and of course, that of the UK. The potential costs of the UK’s departure from the EU were highlighted in the article: ‘The economics of secession: a review of legal, theoretical, and empirical aspects’ published in Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics.
Read more in the blog post here.
- Food security:
Food insecurity is a worldwide problem. In Ethiopia, 90% of the population live in rural areas, and among them, more than half suffer from food insecurity. To determine the real causes of food security, researchers collected data from rural farm households in the country’s Teleyayen sub-watershed region and analysed it rigorously before emerging with findings that will be of interest to policy-makers. Read the full article here. Read the blog post here.
- Criminal background and job performance:
Research shows that job applicants with criminal records are much less likely than others to obtain legitimate employment, but if employed, what effect does a criminal record have on an individual’s job performance? To evaluate this, the authors examined firm-level hiring practices and worker-level performance outcomes in occupations where turnover was a major labour cost.
- Recovery from the Great Recession:
The Great Recession in 2008 hit Spain particularly hard. Ten years on, new research from SERIEs – Journal of the Spanish Economic Association analyses Spain’s recovery to date with a focus on inequality in the country. Read the full article here.
(1) United Nations Economics Analysis and Policy Division: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dpad/publication/world-economic-situation-and-prospects-november-2018-briefing-no-120/
Samuel Beattie is the Journal Development Editor for SpringerOpen/BMC Economics open access journals.
10 Most Downloaded Journal Articles
The open access articles listed have over 30,000 downloads in past year:
- Oil and food prices in Malaysia: a nonlinear ARDL analysis from Agricultural and Food Economics
- The impact of agricultural cooperatives membership on the wellbeing of smallholder farmers: empirical evidence from eastern Ethiopia from Agricultural and Food Economics
- Economic and Environmental Impact of National Food Security Act of India from Agricultural and Food Economics
- Agricultural technology adoption, commercialization and smallholder rice farmers’ welfare in rural Nigeria from Agricultural and Food Economics
- Migration, entrepreneurship and development: critical questions from IZA Journal of Development and Migration
- The impact of Syrian refugees on natives’ labor market outcomes in Turkey: evidence from a quasi-experimental design from IZA Journal of Labor Policy
- Youth unemployment and active labor market policies in Europe from IZA Journal of Labor Policy
- Factors influencing migration of female workers: a case of Bangladesh from IZA Journal of Development and Migration
- Economic structures, institutions and economic performance from Journal of Economic Structures
Economy-wide impact of TPP: new challenges to China from Journal of Economic Structures
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10 Top Cited Journal Articles
What are the some of the most cited articles? Find out more below.
- The impact of Syrian refugees on natives’ labor market outcomes in Turkey: evidence from a quasi-experimental design
- Understanding the public sector pay gap
- The dog that barks doesn’t bite: coverage and compliance of sectoral minimum wages in Italy
- Having a bad attitude? The relationship between attitudes and sickness absence
- (Un)beliveable wages? An analysis of minimum wage policies in Europe from a living wage perspective
- Criminal background and job performance
- A policy for the size of individual unemployment accounts
- Overlooked benefits of consumer credit growth: impact on formal employment
- The effect of non-contributory pensions on labour supply and private income transfers: evidence from Singapore
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