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Berkeley Electronic Press Teams with Nobel Prize Winner to Launch The Economists' Voice, A Major New Journal of Economic Analysis and Opinion

The Berkeley Electronic Press today announced the launch of The Economists' Voice, a major new journal of economic analysis and opinion found exclusively at www.bepress.com/ev.

The electronic journal is edited by Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Laureate professor at Columbia University who has been both Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers and Chief Economist at the World Bank. Co-Editors are Aaron Edlin and Bradford Delong, both of whom are professors at UC Berkeley and held senior positions in the Clinton Administration.

The Economists' Voice is a non-partisan forum for economists to present innovative policy ideas and engaging commentary on important policy issues of the day. Readers will include professional economists, lawyers, policy analysts, policymakers, and students of economics. Articles are short, 600-2000 words, and intended to contain deeper analysis than is found on the Op-Ed page of the Wall Street Journal or New York Times, but to be of comparable general interest. Regular columnists with voices from across the political spectrum will write several "Columns" each year. The "Features" section welcomes submissions from any professional economist and is peer reviewed.

Regular Columnists are an all-star cast. They include three Nobel Laureates, three former chairmen of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from both parties, two winners of the John Bates Clarke Medal for best economist under forty, a founder of law and economics and judge of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, three who held senior posts in the White House or Treasury Department www.bepress.com/ev/columnists.html.

The first issue contains articles by Judge Richard Posner on the fair use of intellectual property, Joseph Stiglitz on both political parties' flip-flops on deficits, J. Bradford Delong on the mysteries of international capital flows, and John Donohue evaluating Clinton's claim of adding police while removing guns from the street, while Bush has done the opposite.

Why The Economists' Voice?

As Nobel Laureate Stiglitz explains, "The Economists' Voice provides a unique platform for economists to discuss the pressing national and international issues of the day. The involvement of so many prominent economists lends credence to my belief that our publication fills a glaring need. Anyone with an interest in public policy--or even those just curious about the debates among economists--will find The Economists' Voice an innovative and useful source for information. Students and teachers will find it a valuable complement to their texts and lectures, helping bring the subject alive."

Although much of what economists write is "inside baseball" - written for a small audience of specialists - economists have much to contribute to the public debate on a wide range of policy issues. Professors Stiglitz, Edlin and Delong believe that anyone concerned about the central issues of the day, whether they are students, policy makers, or other citizens, would benefit from hearing economists debate what should be done about problems from budget balancing to global development, from intellectual property to outsourcing, from health care reform to how to provide old age security.

The Economists' Voice creates a forum for readable ideas and analysis by leading economists on vital issues of our day. To read the inaugural issue, please visit the journal's website at www.bepress.com/ev.

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