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The Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (BPEA) is an academic journal published by The Brookings Institution Press twice a year. In 2020, BPEA celebrated its 50th anniversary. Each edition of the journal includes five or six new papers on a range of macroeconomic topics currently impacting public policy debates. BPEA papers are often cited by leadership and senior staff of the Federal Reserve and Council of Economic Advisers and mentioned in congressional testimony. To date, 23 Nobel laureates have participated in BPEA since its inception, as well as 20 John Bates Clark medalists, 14 Fed Governors, 3 Federal Reserve Chairs, and 20 CEA Chairs.

Working drafts of BPEA papers are presented and discussed at a Brookings conference held twice each year, in the spring and fall. The final papers and discussant remarks from each conference are then published in the journal several months later. In 2020, following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, BPEA conferences shifted to an online format. At a special summer edition of the conference that year, which focused on the economic impacts of the pandemic, BPEA was for the first time broadcast live streaming on the internet. Subsequent conferences have followed suit. Below are the event pages from the most recent BPEA conferences, each of which includes video from the event, downloadable conference drafts, and links to summaries of each paper. In addition, below you can find links to browse all BPEA papers published from 1970 to present, subscribe to the journal, and get the latest BPEA news.

BPEA in the News

BPEA Editors

Janice C. Eberly
Nonresident Senior Fellow - Economic Studies

James Stock
Nonresident Senior Fellow - Economic Studies

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