About the World Economic Review

Special Announcement: Revision of WER Statement of Purpose

Effective immediately, the World Economic Review (now the World Economic Review: Contemporary Policy Issues) is narrowing its focus so as to give it a more clearly defined identity and to provide an outlet for work that is otherwise largely ignored by economics journals. In particular, we will now publish analyses of current and emerging policy issues throughout the globe. Acceptable topics may include but are not limited to monetary, fiscal, trade, development, growth, or sustainability policies or any political or social event that may affect them. While articles can be somewhat more speculative than usual, they must nevertheless maintain a high level of scholarship. We welcome input from a variety of perspectives and will accept both standard-length papers and shorter policy notes. In addition, we will be dropping the open-review process and in favor of a more conventional approach.

Our first issue will be “Europe in Crisis” and will be organized around the following theme:

When the Treaty of Rome was signed creating the European Economic Community, one of the hopes was that this would create a level of integration and interdependence that would end the centuries of violence that had plagued the continent. Starting with six nations in 1958, it survived the Cold War, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and post-Yugoslavia Balkan conflicts to grow to twenty-eight, nineteen of whom share the same currency. Just a few years ago, there was speculation that the euro might replace the dollar as the world reserve currency.

And yet today, serious cracks are emerging. The periphery countries are straining to meet financial obligations, unemployment is reaching record levels, and ethnic tensions are rising – all factors more characteristic of Weimar Germany than a healthy and harmonious Europe. We therefore wait with baited breath to see whether this proves to be a bump in the road or a return to the destructive normalcy that prevailed before former enemies banded together to create what they hoped would be a foundation for future peace and prosperity.

This issue of the World Economic Review is devoted to discovering what policies contributed to these stark developments, which ones have lent stability, and where should we go from here.

Expected publication is Winter 2015.

Submissions on this and other policy issues are welcome, as are suggestions for future themed issues. Please send to: wereditor@worldeconomicsassociation.org

Editorial Board

Norbert Häring, Germany, Handelsblatt: Norbert.Haering@hushmail.com
Jayati Ghosh, India, Jawaharlal Nehru University: jayatijnu@gmail.com
John Weeks, UK, University of London: johnweeks@jweeks.org
Susan Feiner, USA, University of Southern Maine: sffein@usm.maine.edu
Esteban Perez Caldentey, Chile, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean: esteban.perez@eclac.org