Detailed Aims and Scope for JAERE

As the official research journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, JAERE publishes papers that are devoted to environmental and natural resource issues. The journal’s principal mission is to provide a forum for the scholarly exchange of ideas in the intersection of human behavior and the natural environment. Focusing on original, full-length research papers that offer substantial new insights for scholars of environmental and resource economics, JAERE presents a range of articles that are relevant for public policy, using approaches that are theoretical, empirical, or both.


To warrant publication, papers must present new empirical findings of widespread interest to readers, or offer new analytical results or methods that may potentially influence the course of future research. Theoretical work should be rigorous in approach but presented in a way that emphasizes original economic insights over technical contributions. Methodological papers should be motivated by a clearly demonstrated need and evaluated against existing approaches. Empirical analyses should illustrate the sources of variability in the data and the importance of assumptions and structure in drawing inferences. Details sufficient for replication should be provided in the paper, as an online appendix, and/or upon request to the author.


As with all fields, the boundaries of environmental and resource economics are flexible, and JAERE welcomes a broad spectrum of topics. Several areas of economic research are separate fields but have themes that overlap with environmental or resource economics. Submissions from these fields are welcome when a primary emphasis is on an environmental or resource theme. A few notable examples include:

  • Agricultural Economics. Studies related to agricultural production, markets, and policies are within JAERE’s scope if they relate to pollution consequences, climate change adaptation, environmental consequences of biofuels, and related agriculture-environment themes
  • Development Economics. Many development-related topics emphasize environmental degradation or natural resource use, particularly as related to common pool resources and health or environmental outcomes. Such papers are within the scope that JAERE will consider.
  • Energy Economics. Studies focused on the use of natural resources for energy production or the emission consequences of energy demand, supply, or policy are within the scope of topics that JAERE will consider.  
  • Fisheries and Forestry Economics. Studies related to specific renewable resources such as fisheries and forests are well within the scope of JAERE, and submissions in these areas are welcome. 

In many instances specialized journals exist that are devoted to themes in these fields that overlap with environmental and resource economics. Submission to JAERE should be of interest beyond the niche readership served by the specialty journals. 


Since JAERE’s readership is primarily economists, papers from other disciplines are welcome but will be evaluated based on their relevance for economic research, and their placement in and contribution to an environmental economics literature. Multidisciplinary papers are welcome if a primary focus rests with the economic aspects of the topic.