Published first in 1952, the Journal has a very wide international circulation, and is recognized as a leading journal in the field of industrial economics. It was founded to promote the analysis of modern industry, particularly the behaviour of firms and the functioning of markets (Front page of first issue of JINDEC).
Contributions are welcomed in all areas of industrial economics including: organisation of industry, applied oligopoly theory, product differentiation and technical change; theory of the firm and internal organisation; regulation, monopoly, merger and technology policy. These subjects may often draw on adjacent areas such as international economics, labour economics and law, but it is not the goal of this journal to publish papers that would better fit in specialized journals in these other fields.
The Journal has a tradition of publishing a blend of theory and evidence. Theoretical papers are welcomed and should be presented so as to highlight their implications for policy and/or empirical analysis. Likewise, empirical papers should have a sound theoretical base; and where novel econometric techniques are applied these should be clearly explained. Case studies should be motivated by, and inform, economic theory and should avoid pure description.
The Editors are ready to publish exceptionally shorter notes which report significant new data or results, or are short comments on subjects which have featured in previous issues of the Journal. Notes appear in the contents of the printed version but the full text appears only in the online version of the journal.
Books are not reviewed, but substantial review articles will be considered for publication.