I knew that AER compensated their editors, but I didn’t realize they also paid their reviewers.  From the American Economic Review webpage:

The AER pays $100.00 for timely reports. Payment is by check only. Checks are issued four times a year, approximately six weeks after the end of each calendar quarter.

Of course, I don’t know if they actually do anything about the “timely” part.  Maybe it’s calculated vagueness.  Last thing an editor would want to do is tell reviewers they get $100 if they get their reviews back in 30 days, and then deal with people agreeing to review and then declining on Day 31.


  1. econexp
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I think they and other journals have been trying it as an experiment. You get $X if you get the review in on-time and $0 if you don’t. W/rt crappy reviews, you still get paid but you risk looking like an idiot to the editor of AER.


  2. kenkolb
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I just did a review for a SAGE journal, and the free access they give reviewers to all their journal content (30 days?) turned out to be a nice gift. Usually, I ignore it (and the coupon code they give you for a book purchase) because I can get access to all that stuff through my library proxy. However, going through my library website on my iPad is becoming a increasingly annoying hassle. Having the access code is much easier.

    I’d still prefer a hundred bucks, though.



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