Trends in the publication of experimental economics articles

Ernesto Reuben*, Sherry Xin Li, Sigrid Suetens, Andrej Svorencik, Theodore Turocy, Vasileios Kotsidis

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We report data on the experimental articles published from 2000 to 2021 in seven leading general-interest economics journals. We also look at time trends in the characteristics of the published experimental articles, including citations and the nationality of the authors. We find an overall increasing trend in the publication of non-lab experiments in all journals. By contrast, the share of lab experiments has more than halved in the AER and remained low in other Top five journals. The diverging trends for non-lab and lab experiments are not universal as the shares of both have increased in two other high-ranking economics journals (JEEA and EJ). We also observe some heterogeneities in publication, citations, rankings, and locations of authors' affiliations across journals and types of experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the Economic Science Association
Issue number1-2
Early online date18 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Experimental economics
  • Bibliometrics
  • Lab experiments
  • Field experiments


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