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IZA Journal of Labor Policy

Journal Details
Open Access
First Published
30 Apr 2019
Publication timeframe
1 time per year
Journal Subjects
Business and Economics, Political Economics, Microeconomics, Macroecomics, Economic Policy, Mathematics and Statistics for Economists, Econometrics
Journal Metrics
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View our back issues (2012–March 2019)

Welcome to the IZA Journal of Labor Policy. The IZA Journal of Labor Policy publishes scientific articles that are relevant for policy-making. This refers to papers addressing the impact of institutional settings and policy interventions on labor market outcomes, both from a theoretical as well as from an empirical point of view. In addition, the IZA Journal of Labor Policy publishes literature reviews and meta-analyses that synthesize existing research on policy relevant issues.

What makes the IZA Journal of Labor Policy distinct from the vast majority of existing journals in economics is its focus on policy relevance rather than scientific innovation. We even welcome empirical replications as long as they constructively build upon existing findings. We expect papers that carefully address the causal identification of effects, but we do not regard statistical significance of empirical findings as a criterion for paper selection.

Subject areas include evaluation of 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.

The IZA Journal of Labor Policy is central to IZA’s mission of supporting informed and research-based labor policy debates around the world. We want to make a serious contribution to a scientifically grounded understanding of what works when and how.


The IZA Journal of Labor Policy has been founded in 2012. All back issues remain fully accessible through the websites of our first publishing partner SpringerOpen (

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Why publish your article in IZA Journal of Labor Policy?

High visibility
IZA Journal of Labor Policy's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication
IZA Journal of Labor Policy offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through IZA Journal of Labor Policy and Sciendo.

Online publication in IZA Journal of Labor Policy gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy. 

Authors of articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

Open access

All articles published by the IZA Journal of Labor Policy are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

Open access publication fees and waivers

The IZA Open Access Journal Series allows free worldwide access to your published article. This is not without costs for article processing and hosting at perpetuity. However, please note that the IZA Journal of Labor Policy explicitly does not expect any author to pay publication fees from her/his personal funds. Nor do we charge any submission fees.
Instead the IZA Open Access Journals aim at exploiting available funds at research institutions and third-party resources (e.g. external funding of research projects and publications). A continuously rising number of research institutions in Economics offer open access funds.
Please check with your employer or research funding institution whether funds exist to finance publication of your article and let us know. If your article is accepted for publication, the Open Access Publication Fee will then be 975/$1105.
During submission the Editorial Manager will giude you through the financing options. If no other funds exist, the IZA Journal of Labor Policy will fully cover all publication costs.

Indexing services

All articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy are included in:

  • RePEc
  • Scopus

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. We are working closely with relevant indexing services including Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy will be available in their databases when appropriate.


Sciendo archives the contents of this journal in Portico - digital long-term preservation service of scholarly books, journals and collections.

Plagiarism Policy

The editorial board is participating in a growing community of Similarity Check System's users in order to ensure that the content published is original and trustworthy. Similarity Check is a medium that allows for comprehensive manuscripts screening, aimed to eliminate plagiarism and provide a high standard and quality peer-review process.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

IZA Journal of Labor Policy operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are not aware of the names and affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous Publication of research articles by IZA Journal of Labor Policy is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to IZA Journal of Labor Policy should adhere to Sciendo's editorial policies.

Once your article is accepted, it will be processed by production and published shortly afterwards. In some cases, articles may be held for a short period of time prior to publication. If you have any concerns or particular requirements please contact the Journal.
Sciendo remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in IZA Journal of Labor Policy

Articles in IZA Journal of Labor Policy should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. J Labor Policy [year], [volume number]:[article number].

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Managing Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

Managing Editor
Núria Rodríguez-Planas, City University of New York, Queens College and IZA

​​​​​​​Denis Fougère, CNRS and Sciences Po, France
Pedro S. Martins, Nova School of Business & Economics, Portugal

Editorial Advisory Board
Kaushik Basu, World Bank, USA
David Blanchflower, Dartmouth College, USA
Marco Caliendo, University of Potsdam, Germany
Anne Case, Princeton University, USA
Janet Currie, Princeton University, USA
Juan J. Dolado, European University Institute, Italy
Werner Eichhorst, IZA, Germany
Richard B. Freeman, Harvard University, USA
Pawel Kaczmarzyk, Warsaw University, Poland
Francis Kramarz, CREST, France
Jonathan Portes, King’s College, UK
Jo Ritzen, Maastricht University, Netherlands
Nina Smith, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Coen Teulings, University of Cambridge, UK
Mirjam van Praag, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Stefan Scarpetta, OECD, France
Erdal Tekin, American University, USA
Gerard van den Berg, University of Mannheim, Germany
Arthur van Soest, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Etienne Wasmer, LIEPP, Sciences Po, France

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1. Before you submit

Before you submit, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the following.

  • Make sure you are submitting to the most suitable journal within the IZA Journal Series
  • Note that we do not accept papers that have been submitted to other journals as well
  • Understand the copyright agreement
  • Understand the Open Access Publication Fees and our waiver policy 
  • Understand our peer-review policy

2. Ready to submit

To give your manuscript the best chance of publication, follow these editorial policies and formatting guidelines.

  • IZA Journal of Labor Economics publishes only Original Articles

Click the relevant link to find style and formatting information for the article you are going to submit.

Submit your manuscript in Editorial Manager.

Open Access License

This journal provides immediate open access to its content under the Creative Commons BY 4.0 license. Authors who publish with this journal retain all copyrights and agree to the terms of the above-mentioned CC BY 4.0 license.

Open Access Statement

The journal is an Open Access journal that allows a free unlimited access to all its contents without any restrictions upon publication to all users.

Journal Details
Open Access
First Published
30 Apr 2019
Publication timeframe
1 time per year
Journal Subjects
Business and Economics, Political Economics, Microeconomics, Macroecomics, Economic Policy, Mathematics and Statistics for Economists, Econometrics
Journal Metrics
Cite Score