• Juan F. Jimeno, Bank of Spain
  • David Neumark, University of California-Irvine

Managing Editor

  • Nuria Rodriguez-Planas, City University of New York, Queens College and IZA

Editorial Office of the IZA Journal Series

  • Chau Giang Bui, IZA

Editor-in-Chief of the IZA Journal Series

  • Klaus F. Zimmermann, IZA and Bonn University

Society Affiliation


IZA Journal of Labor Policy is published in cooperation with the IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor, which is also owner of the whole IZA journal series.

Editors' Quote

David Neumark Juan F. Jimeno Nuria Rodriguez

"Our goal is to make the IZA Journal of Labor Policy a major journal for empirically-grounded research on labor market policy issues in both developed and developing countries, and one that helps connect research to policy. To this end, although our main goal is the publication of original research on labor market policy issues, we will also emphasize publishing review papers that synthesize existing research to draw conclusions on important policy issues. Moreover, to build our knowledge base we will seek to publish papers that provide evidence on labor market policy issues from countries throughout the world, as long as these studies use rigorous empirical methods."

David Neumark, Juan F. Jimeno and Nuria Rodriguez-Planas


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Aims & scope


The IZA Journal of Labor Policy covers all aspects of labor policy, including empirical, theoretical, and institutional approaches discussing concrete issues that are of value for policy formulation and decisions. A central theme of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy is the analysis of the role and effects of labor policy in influencing socio-economic outcomes. In addition, the IZA Journal of Labor Policy publishes studies that synthesize existing research to draw policy conclusions or suggest new frameworks for thinking about labor policy issues.

Subject areas include evaluation of labor market programs (included but not limited to active labor market programs) and educational or other interventions that affect labor market outcomes, analysis of the relationship between institutions and labor market outcomes, and all public policy aspects of labor, education, welfare and related social policies, and retirement, including effective policy implementation. Studies of labor policy issues from developing, transition and developed economies are also welcome. It is important to note that the IZA Journal of Labor Policy does not exclude European labor policy issues, which are particularly covered by the IZA Journal of European Studies. The IZA Journal of Labor Policy emphasizes global relevance and basic research, while studies published in the IZA Journal of European Studies focus more on practical and immediate policy questions.

The IZA Journal of Labor Policy is central to IZA’s mission of encouraging informed and research-based labor policy debates around the world. In pursuit of this goal, IZA will use its focused workshops to generate contributions. The journal relies heavily on submissions, but also invites articles, especially reviews or syntheses of literature to try to reach policy conclusions – a very important type of research that is undervalued at traditional journals. The IZA Journal of Labor Policy welcomes substantive comments on the articles we publish.

The IZA Journal of Labor Policy belongs to the family of field journals in the IZA Journal Series with Springer, also including: (i) the IZA Journal of Labor Economics, (ii) the IZA Journal of Migration, (iii) the IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, and (iv) the IZA Journal of Labor & Development. Each journal publishes 24 articles per year, where each article should be about 10,000 words (including tables, figures and references).

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