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The Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (BPEA) is an academic journal published by the Brookings Press twice a year. In 2020, BPEA is celebrating 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. Below are draft papers discussed at the most recent BPEA conferences: Spring 2020 and the Summer 2020 Special Edition on the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, 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

Covid-19 Is Dividing the American Worker

The Wall Street Journal - August 22, 2020

The College Wealth Divide Continues to Grow

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - January 17, 2020

There are consequences to making college free

The Washington Post - October 26, 2019

BPEA Editors

Janice C. Eberly
Nonresident Senior Fellow - Economic Studies

James Stock
Nonresident Senior Fellow - Economic Studies

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