100 years of the American Economic Review: The top 20 articles

This month the American Economic Review publishes it’s top 20 articles from its 100 year history. As one might have hoped, we see Kenneth Arrow’s 1963 paper, “Uncertainty and the Welfare Economics of Medical Care“, on the list.

Having published this ground-breaking article, has the American Economic Review neglected the study of health economics ever since? Or has it given fair coverage of a niche in the market?

Founded almost 20 years after Arrow’s paper, the Journal of Health Economics is yet to reach it’s 30th birthday, while 2013 could arguably mark the 50th anniversary of health economics. How much of a challenge would choosing a top 20 list of health economics articles pose? And who would be our star panel of judges?


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