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IZA Journal of Labor Policy

ISSN: 2193-9004 (Online)


The IZA Journal of Labor Policy is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the brand SpringerOpen, covering 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 Journal is the analysis of the role and effects of labor policy in influencing socio-economic outcomes. In addition, the Journal will publish 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 will emphasize global relevance and basic research, while studies published in the IZA Journal of European Studies will 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 will rely heavily on submissions, but will also invite 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.

To enable the journals to make all of their content open access, usually SpringerOpen journals levy an article-processing charge (APC) for each manuscript accepted after peer review.

The publication costs for articles in the IZA Journal Series are covered by IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor, so authors do not need to pay an article processing charge. Authors are supposed to actively support the IZA journals by refereeing a certain number of articles. Referee reports will be due 21 days after you accept assignment.

More detailed information about the journal can be found on its dedicated website at, where you can also access all articles. As an additional service, all articles are also hosted on SpringerLink, Springer’s online collection of STM books, journals, protocols and reference works.

  • 4 Volumes
  • 4 Issues
  • 56 Articles
  • 56 Open Access
  • 2012 - 2015 Available between