Fiftieth Issue - Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-Time Papers

Friday, September 25, 2020

ISSUE 50, 25 September 2020 now published

Until the outbreak the field of the economics of pandemics was very limited. The 50 issues of Covid Economics reveal the amazing progress achieved since then. It has built upon every area of specialisation, combining theory and empirics. Hopefully, our vetting of papers for immediate posting has contributed to this effort.

This is 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 were produced by economic scholars, many of which have appeared on VoxEU. The papers contained in Covid Economics have been vetted by Editors for quality and relevance. The publication aims to collate some of the best economic research on Covid-19 so that it might inform the academic and policy debate in an acute crisis when results have to circulate fast. It has been extremely well received by both the academic and policy-making communities. 

The title, Covid Economics, Vetted and Real-Time Papers, edited by Charles Wyplosz, has been chosen deliberately: 

  • Vetted makes it clear that the refereeing process, while uncompromising, does not involve the usual back-and-forth of standard review processes.
  • Real-Time indicates that the time between submission and publication is very short.
  • Papers rather than Journal in order to maximize the acceptance of submissions by regular professional reviews.

The fiftieth issue is now available; we intend to publish issues online as soon as a sufficient number of papers are accepted (five to seven), and thus the frequency of publication will be determined endogenously.