Monthly Archives: October 2014

A History of the JEL Codes: Should There be a Separate “Economic Theory” Category? [Part 2]

Excerpt from this paper. Other episodes here and here.   As 1910 was nearing its end, Davis Dewey, who had just accepted the editorship of a new AEA journal, the American Economic Review, was struggling to put together the first issue. A … Continue reading

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A History of the JEL Codes: Classifying Economics During the War [Part 1]

In the spring of 1940, as the war in Europe escalated and the likelihood of American involvement grew greater and greater, scientists understood that they would soon be drafted to help national defense planning. In an effort to control the … Continue reading

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