Oxford University and Blackwell Publishing launch new Economics Journal

November 27, 2006

Blackwell Publishing, the world's leading society publisher, today announced the forthcoming launch of Oxonomics: Oxford University Economic Studies.

The journal is aimed at a broad readership - ranging from undergraduates to established academics - and will provide an outlet for young researchers to publish alongside renowned scholars. Founded and edited by post-graduate researchers in the Department of Economics and the Saïd Business School at Oxford, and backed by an editorial advisory board that includes David Hendry (head of the Oxford Economics Faculty), Frances Cairncross (former managing editor of The Economist) and Colin Mayer (Dean of Saïd Business School), Oxonomics will publish articles that engage with real-world issues in a way that is accessible and entertaining, while retaining the rigour of academic research.

The first issue, due online on the 27th of November, will feature articles by two respected policy makers, Paul Volcker (former chairman of the Federal Reserve System) and David Walton (written when he was an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee), by two well-known academics, Sir Tony Atkinson (the previous Warden of Nuffield College), and Andrew Glyn (Deputy Head of the Economics Department, and Fellow of Corpus Christi College), two graduate students, Mark Koyama and Julia Giese, and an undergraduate, Charles Brendon, as well as an interview with Nobel Laureate Joe Stiglitz. It can be viewed under embargo till Monday am at http://www.economics.ox.ac.uk/oxonomics/issue1.pdf the pass word is "embargo"

"As the leading publisher of economics journals worldwide, Blackwell is delighted to support this venture and assist in the creation of what promises to be a unique and innovative new journal provided free of charge to the economic research and student community. This initiative aligns with Blackwell's core values and mission to support young scholarship, and reinforces the relationship between Blackwell and the University of Oxford's Economics Faculty," said Rene Olivieri, CEO of Blackwell Publishing.

Managing editor, Dirk-Jan Omtzigt said: "Economics is vitally important to help us to answer many real-world questions, from how climate change should be tackled to how an auction should be designed. The core principles of the subject - the analysis of incentives and the recognition of constraints - are simple. But the technical frontier can sometimes seem very distant from a new student or researcher, and inaccessible to a policymaker or businessperson. Oxonomics aims to help bridge this gap. It will publish readable but rigorous articles based on new research, and addressing essential issues. I am thrilled to be involved in such an interesting and valuable project."

Head of the Economics Department, David Hendry, said: "Oxonomics is an exciting new venture: a peer-reviewed academic journal established by graduate students at Oxford University's Department of Economics. It will publish original articles that critically analyze economic issues in a concise yet comprehensible and perhaps even entertaining style. Not only will Oxonomics help explain economics to students of our discipline, many contributions will also come from economics students, both graduates and undergraduates. We think that Oxonomics will provide an excellent forum for emerging scholars to publish ideas alongside papers by established academics and policymakers."
The editors wish to acknowledge the strong support from Nera; Blackwell Publishing; the Oxford University Economics Department; the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, together with other founding donors: we are grateful to them all.

Oxonomics is available free on Blackwell Synergy and students at Oxford University will also receive a free print compendium once a year. The print compendium can be purchased by through Blackwell Publishing for £75 for individuals and £100 for institutions. (Visit www.blackwellpublishing.com/oxonomics ).

For more information and to read Oxonomics online visit: http://www.econ.ox.ac.uk/oxonomics/ and www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/oxonomics

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Blackwell Publishing helps to ensure that students in resource-scarce nations have access to the latest peer-reviewed research in science, medicine and the social sciences, offering access to their collection of journals to institutions in developing countries for free or at a greatly reduced price, through HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative), INASP, (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications), and AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture).

Blackwell Economics
Blackwell Publishing is recognised worldwide as one of the leading publishers of economics journals and books, with a range of titles covering the whole spectrum of sub-disciplines. We publish over 80 journals in economics and related fields - many in partnership with the world's top organisations, and many edited and written by the most highly-cited and highly-regarded authors in the world. We currently work with some 35 of the 175 journals listed in the economics category in ISI. Blackwell's books programme includes bestselling titles in econometrics, managerial economics and financial markets written by authors at the forefront of their field. We have been the proud publisher of a number of Nobel Prize-winning economists including Robert C. Merton, Amartya Sen, Milton Friedman and Theodore Schultz.

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