The Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (BPEA) is an academic journal published by the Brookings Press twice a year. Each edition of the journal includes five or six new papers on a range of macroeconomic topics currently impacting public policy debates.
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 conference. Use the search function to browse all BPEA papers published from 1970 to present.