Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-Time Papers

Monday, March 30, 2020

CEPR has decided to launch a new online publication to disseminate emerging scholarly work on the Covid-19 epidemic. Very quickly after the onset of the epidemic a large number of policy papers have been written by economic scholars, many of which have appeared on VoxEU. This has been enormously helpful to improve our understanding of policy options. The next step requires more formal investigations, based on explicit theory and/or empirical evidence. This is what Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-Time Papers, in which the papers are vetted by editors for quality and relevance, aims to provide.

The Covid-19 breakout challenges all areas of economics including, but not only, health, industrial organization, macroeconomics, finance, history, development, inequality, political economy, public finance. It concerns theory as well as empirical evidence. A large Editorial Board has been assembled to be able to deal with all these aspects. We also aim to have a wide geographical coverage.

Submissions will be promptly evaluated by the Editorial Board, over a maximum of 48 hours, on an accept/reject basis, i.e. no resubmission and no referee report. When a sufficient number of papers are accepted (3 to 5), an issue of Covid Economics will be published online by CEPR Press. Thus its frequency will be determined endogenously. We consider this to be a preprint, which is common in medicine where results have to be out quickly as input into the debate; it will still be possible to submit papers to a traditional journal at a later date. CEPR-affiliated researchers may also issue them in the CEPR Discussion Papers series.

Submissions are invited as of today. We are looking for reasonably short contributions (approx. 5000 words, though this is not a requirement; submissions could be longer or shorter than this) that make a clear contribution. Accepted papers will be copy-edited by CEPR staff before publication.