The Journal of the Canadian Economics Association
La revue de l'association canadienne d'économique

Data Availability Policy

The CJE has now implemented the data availability policy first introduced by the American Economic Review in 2005, and since adopted by the top general interest journals in economics. This policy applies to all new submissions, effective January 1, 2008. We thank the AER for their leadership in this area, especially in establishing the main details and procedures of implementing such a policy. With the exception of our qualification concerning data from Statistics Canada, our policy exactly follows that of the AER.

Objective of the Policy

It is CJE policy to publish papers only if the data used in the analysis are clearly and precisely documented, and are readily available to any researcher for purposes of replication. Authors of accepted papers that contain empirical work, simulations, or experimental work must provide to the CJE, prior to publication, the data, programs, and other details of the computations sufficient to permit replication. These will be posted on the CJE web site. The managing editor should be notified at the time of submission if the data used in a paper are proprietary or if, for some other reason, the requirements above cannot be met.

General Procedure

As soon as possible after acceptance, authors are expected to send their data, programs, and sufficient documentation to permit replication, in electronic form, to the CJE office. Please send the files via e-mail to Olivier Lebert (, indicating the manuscript number. Questions regarding any aspect of this policy should be forwarded to the managing editor.

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