Less is certainly not more for the American Economic Association. According to David Warsh’s latest column, Broader, Deeper, they have adopted plans to produce four more economic journals, all titled – prosaically enough – American Economic Journal. They will cover macroeconomics, microeconomics, economic policy and applied economics.
Here is much more information. Is this good news? I fear greater fragmentation in an already-splintering profession. Could this mean fewer idea pieces and greater room for excess specialization? I like the idea of whacking commercial journal publishers but is it wise to centralize so much influence in one centrally-chosen set of editors?