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Timothy Taylor was hired as the original Managing Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives in August 1986, a position he has held ever since. The journal is published by the American Economic Association.

The journal's Statement of Purpose reads, in part:

“The Journal of Economic Perspectives (JEP) attempts to fill a gap between the general interest press and most other academic economics journals. The journal aims to publish articles that will serve several goals: to synthesize and integrate lessons learned from active lines of economic research; to provide economic analysis of public policy issues; to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas among the fields of thinking; to offer readers an accessible source for state-of-the-art economic thinking; to suggest directions for future research; to provide insights and readings for classroom use; and to address issues relating to the economics profession.”

A recent annual report of the journal, approved in January 2010 by the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association (AEA), comments on Taylor's role and performance in this way:

“Timothy Taylor continued as Managing Editor of the journal in 2009. As in years past, the Editors feel that they cannot overstate the role that he has played in the operation of the journal. He has managed the day-to-day operations of the journal smoothly and ensured that the fundamental objectives of the journal are satisfied. He has performed the difficult task of persuading authors to amend and rewrite their articles with vigor, verve and skill, and has shown that it is possible to edit papers in such a way as to increase their clarity and accessibility, while still retaining the distinctive voice of each author.”

The JEP has a paper and CD-ROM circulation of approximately 20,000, making it one of the most widely circulated and widely read journals in academic economics. For more information about the journal's editorial processes or about subscribing, see the American Economic Association website about the journal.