The EJAQ: The Grand Prize of Economics Publishing?

For performers, one illustrious distinction is the EGOT, for people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Only 12 people have ever won all four, including Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Is there an equivalent distinction for economists? That would have to be the EJAQ (or the JAQE, if you prefer), for those who have published in Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.* (And no, Papers and Proceedings doesn’t count for this – that might be the case-sensitive EJaQ.)

Who’s won it? I looked up the research histories of a handful of scholars and identified a few EJAQs right off the bat! (I’ve updated the post with recommendations from others.)

  • Colin Camerer (E, J, A, Q)
  • Anne Case (E, J, A, Q)
  • Matthew Gentzkow (E, J, A, Q)
  • James Heckman (E, J, A, Q)
  • Larry Katz (E, J, A, Q)
  • Michael Kremer (E, J, A, Q)
  • John List (E, J, A, Q)
  • Ted Miguel (E, J, A, Q)
  • Dominic Roner (E, J, A, Q)
  • Jesse Shapiro (E, J, A, Q)
  • Doug Staiger (E, J, A, Q)
  • Robert Townsend (E, J, A, Q)
  • Fabrizio Zilibotti (E, J, A, Q)

Others that have been reported (but I haven’t had time to verify) include Daron Acemoglu, Josh Angrist, Susan Athey, Amy Finkelstein, Muriel Niederle, Jean Tirole.

Who am I missing? Are you next in line for the EJAQ? I also identified scholars who are short just one: Marianne Bertrand is short an Econometrica and Esther Duflo is short a Journal of Political Economy.

* This grand prize is the joint brainchild of Markus Goldstein and me. It comes only with bragging rights.

Update: It has been suggested that an alternative, even more exclusive club would be the REJAQ, where we add the Review of Economic Studies to the four above. Take your pick!

REJAQ winners would include Ted Miguel, Dominic Rohner, Jean Tirole, and I’m sure a few others.

Update 2: This could be called the JAQE, if you prefer. I’ve updated it with new information. 

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