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The fundamental research tool in economics, providing bibliographic citations, with selected abstracts, to the international literature on economics since 1969. Full text is available for selected articles when EconLit is searched simultaneously with Business Source Premier.

Key Features

EconLit covers a broad range of document types published world-wide, including journal articles, books, and dissertations, as well as articles in collective works, such as conference proceedings and collected essay volumes. The database also includes Abstracts of Working Papers in Economics from the Cambridge University Press database, and Index of Economic Articles in Journals & Collective Volumes, and the full text of the Journal of Economic Literature book reviews.

Type and Number of Publications

The number of journals indexed in EconLit has grown from 192 periodicals to over 600 journals in 1998. Over the years some journals have been dropped or discontinued, but over 138 journals remain in EconLit out of the original group. Journals are selected for inclusion in EconLit on the basis of their economic content, which must be substantial or of equal emphasis in interdisciplinary journals.

Journals Indexed: View the index of journals.

Subject Descriptors Used: Contain the full list of Subject Descriptors and descriptor codes used in the EconLit bibliography with links to the comparable subject headings in the JEL Classification System.

Subject Coverage

Economic development, forecasting, and history; fiscal theory; monetary theory and financial institutions; business finance; public finance; and international, labour, health care, managerial, demographic, regional, agricultural, and urban economics, country studies, and government regulations.


U.S. and international.

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Journals, 1969-present; Books, 1987-present; Dissertations, 1987-present; Abstracts of Working Papers in Economics, 1984-present.


American Economic Association




Over 99% of the articles are in English or include English summaries.

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