, Volume 115, Issue 2, pp 749–766 | Cite as

Economists behaving badly: publications in predatory journals

  • Frederick H. WallaceEmail author
  • Timothy J. Perri


The extent of publishing in predatory journals in economics is examined. A simple model of researcher behavior is presented to explore those factors motivating an academic to publish in predatory journals as defined by Beall (Criteria for determining predatory open access publishers, Unpublished document, 3rd edn, 2015. Beall’s lists are used to identify predatory journals included in the Research Papers in Economics archives. The affiliations of authors publishing in these outlets indicate that the geographic dispersion of authorship is widespread. A very small subset of authors is registered on RePEc. A surprising number of authors who are in the RePEc top 5% also published in predatory journals in 2015.


Predatory journals Research Papers in Economics Open access 

JEL Classification

A10 I20 



We are grateful to the anonymous referee for thoughtful and useful comments. For their helpful remarks and suggestions we thank the participants in the Crime and Microeconomic Topics session at the Western Economics Association meetings in Portland, Oregon, June 29 to July 3, 2016. This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and FinanceGulf University for Science and TechnologyWest MishrefKuwait
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA

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