Yearbooks for national economics and statistics

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Yearbooks for national economics and statistics

Area of ​​Expertise Economics
language German English
publishing company de Gruyter ( Germany )
First edition 1863
Frequency of publication bi-monthly
editor Wolfgang Franz , Werner Smolny, Peter Stahlecker , Joachim Wagner and Peter Winker
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The year books for economics and statistics are a German-language scientific journal that was founded in 1862 by Bruno Hildebrand . The magazine appears bimonthly in six issues a year and was published by Lucius & Lucius until 2016 , then by Walter de Gruyter .

The term economics has been replaced by " economics " in current usage .


Bruno Hildebrand , a main representative of the school of historically oriented German economics , founded the magazine at the end of 1862 and was the editor from 1863 to 1877. His own scientific attitude shaped the contents of the magazine to a large extent during this time.

Johannes Conrad , a political economist who took over a chair in Halle in 1870, edited the magazine together with Hildebrand from 1872 and was the sole publisher from 1878 to 1890. He released the journal from its close ties with the scientific opinions of its founder, Bruno Hildebrand. Rather, he represented the understanding that the yearbooks should not favor a specific school, and promoted the exchange relationship between science and economic reality, right through to concrete economic policy. Conrad saw his task as editor in promoting this exchange and expanding the field of activity of the magazine also outside of the professional circles to further readership interested in economic policy, in particular from public administrations, business and social associations. Conrad was co-editor until his death in 1915. His formative influence on the magazine was so great that it also became known under the name of Conrads Jahrbücher .

From 1891 to 1897 Wilhelm Lexis , a mathematician, statistician, and economist, was the editor. Lexis himself had published a review of the second volume of Das Kapital by Karl Marx in the yearbooks in 1885 .

After Johannes Conrad's death in 1915 Ludwig Elster took over the publication of the magazine. Elster had already been introduced to the editorial work by the founder Bruno Hildebrand and had been in close contact with the yearbooks for a long time. Elster was the editor from 1915 to 1933.

After the National Socialists came to power in Germany, they made another publication of the magazine dependent on a change in the position of editor. The publisher made the decision to appoint Otto Zwiedineck Edler von Südhorst and Gerhard Albrecht as editors. Zwiedineck was previously director of the seminar for statistics and insurance science at the University of Munich for many years; Albrecht was in contact with Elster, which is why the publisher selected him to maintain continuity in the editorial team. Zwiedineck and Albrecht published the magazine during the difficult period from 1934 to 1942 and made no technical concessions to the National Socialists' demands for changes in journalism. When the magazine was pre-censored, both of them resigned from the editorial office in late 1942.

Friedrich Lütge , who had negotiated permission for the yearbooks to continue to appear, and Erich Preiser became publishers from 1943 onwards. Two volumes were published in 1943 and 1944, and then the yearbooks for economics and statistics were banned.

After the Second World War, the yearbooks could be reissued from 1949 onwards with the editors Lütge and Preiser. From the management of the publishing house in Jena (which was now in the GDR), the Piscator-Verlag was founded in West Germany as a base, where the yearbooks would appear in the future. In 1953 the Jena publishing house was expropriated and its owners moved to Stuttgart in the west. From 1953 the yearbooks were published by Gustav Fischer Verlag in Stuttgart. Erich Preiser died in August 1967. A little later, Lütge, who was marked by illness, withdrew from publishing the yearbooks in May 1968.

From 1968 to 1982 Knut Borchardt , Alfred Eugen Ott and Heinrich Strecker were the editors. Borchardt was a student of Lütge and Ott was a student of Preiser. Strecker, a student of Oskar Anderson, was a professor of statistics and mathematics in Tübingen. At the end of 1982 Borchardt withdrew from the editorial office; For him, the three professors Heinz Lampert, Alois Oberhauser and Adolf Wagner moved up into the now five-person editorial team. Ott died in 1994; his duties were taken over from 1995 by Adolf Wagner. At the same time, the circle of editors was expanded again - in agreement with the Lucius & Lucius publishing house . In addition, Wolfgang Franz, Gerhard Kleinhenz, Werner Neubauer and Wolfgang Eichhorn (the latter only temporarily) were added. When the circle was enlarged in 1999, Peter Stahlecker and Dietmar Wellisch joined them.

From 2000 to 2004 the group of editors consisted of Adolf Wagner, Heinrich Strecker, Wolfgang Franz , Gerhard Kleinhenz, Heinz Lampert, Werner Neubauer, Peter Stahlecker and Dietmar Wellisch.

From 2005 to 2007 Wolfgang Franz acted as managing editor. The editorial board also included Gerhard Kleinhenz, Werner Smolny, Peter Stahlecker, Adolf Wagner, Joachim Wagner, Dietmar Wellisch and Peter Winker as well as the advisory board appointed for the first time. There was a stronger focus on work that combines theoretical foundations with empirical analysis. At the same time, new research areas were taken up through the increased use of thematic booklets.

Peter Winker has been the managing editor since 2008. The group of editors also includes Wolfgang Franz , Gerhard Kleinhenz (until 2008), Werner Smolny, Peter Stahlecker, Adolf Wagner (until 2011), Joachim Wagner and Dietmar Wellisch (until 2010).


  • Otto-Ernst Krawehl: The "Yearbooks for Economics and Statistics" under the editors Bruno Hildebrand and Johannes Conrad (1863-1915) . Munich: Verlag Documentation, 1977 (= book and magazine in intellectual history and science; Vol. 1), ISBN 3-7940-6450-X ; New print edition and e-book Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012, ISBN 978-3-11-218544-5


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