Historic review of the Journal of economics and statistics

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History of the Journal of Economics and Statistics 



1863-1877 Bruno Hildebrand: 

The “Journal of Economics and Statistics” was established by the end of 1862 by 

Bruno Hildebrand, one of the main representatives of the older school of 

historically oriented German economics. Regarding its contents the Journal has, 

during Hildebrand’s editorship, been defined by the scientific views of its founder 

more than has been the case with his successors. 


1878-1915: Johannes Conrad 

Johannes Conrad conveyed the Journal beyond its close association with its 

editor’s scientific views. According to his understanding the Journal should not 

pursue a certain school of thought. Conrad viewed its function as a medium in an 

exchange relationship between science and economic reality, namely economic 

policy. He saw his role as editor in terms of initiating this exchange process in the 

Journal and in finding an appropriate format to serve this purpose. He extended 

the readership of the Journal from a group of experts to a broader group including 

public administration, economic and social organisations, and the (economically) 

interested reader in general. This newly defined purpose explains the adjustments 

in form and content. 


1915-1933: Ludwig Elster 

Ludwig Elster had, before taking over as editor after Conrad’s death, already been 

engaged with the Journal several times. Formerly Bruno Hildebrand had 

introduced him to the editorial field and Elster as well involved him in the editing 

of the Journal. Besides reference from co-editorship early on, it was undoubtedly 

again the high prestige and broad scope of view emanating from this position that 

encouraged the publisher to consider him for the continuation of the Journal. 


1934-1942: Otto von Zwiedineck-Südenhorst and Gerhard Albrecht 

The newly ruling powers made the continuation of the Journal dependent on 

changes at the editorial position. Ultimately the publishing company approached 

Gerhard Albrecht who had long been in close relationship with Elster and the 

Journal. Otto Zwiedineck Edler von Südenhorst was also addressed, by then long 

time Director of the Seminar for Statistics and Insurance Science at the University 

of Munich and as a scientist well suited for the editorial post. The editors 

maintained the Journal as a sincere organ of scientific integrity, led by the 

decisive will not to commit the least of concessions to the increasingly 

perspicuous demand on scientific publishing as regards the alignment with the 

political disposition of its time. This was not to work out over time. In order to 

prevent the Journal from pre-censorship Albrecht and von Zwiedineck resigned by 

the end of 1942 from the editorial posts. 


1943-1967/68: Friedrich Lütge and Erich Preiser 

The negotiations concerning the permission to continue issuing the Journal were 

carried on by Friedrich Lütge. While Lütges association with the publishing 

company as well as the journal were close and manifold, an equally inducing 

reason regarding Erich Preiser’s appointment to the Journal’s editorial board is not 

found. Lütge’s endeavours in Berlin were rewarded: The Journal was to be 

continued (with editors not dictated by party interests over those of the publishing 

house) – for a short period anyway. In each of the years 1943 and 1944 two issues 

were released, thereafter the Journal was banned. 

Publishing of the Journal resumed in the year 1949 under circumstances altered in 

many respects. The management of the parent publishing house in Jena (Saxony) 

had established as subsidy the Piscator Press, which published the Journal. 

Following the expropriation of the Jena publishing house and relocation of the 

owners to Stuttgart, the Piscator subsidy was closed and from 1953 on the Journal 

was published by the Gustav Fischer Press in Stuttgart. Erich Preiser died in 1967; 

nine months later in May 1968, Lütge, suffering from ill health, announced his 

leave from the Journal. 


1968-1982: Knut Borchardt, Alfred E. Ott and Heinrich Strecker  

The new editors were well chosen: Knut Borchardt was Lütge’s student, Alfred E. 

Ott a student of Preiser, and with Heinrich Strecker – a student of Oscar Anderson 

sen. – a statistician entered the board of editors. Given this board, continuity and 

amplification were to be expected. 


1983-1994: Alfred E. Ott, Heinrich Strecker, Heinz Lampert, Alois 

Oberhauser and Adolf Wagner  

At the end of 1982 Knut Borchardt vacated his editorial post. Professors Heinz 

Lampert, Alois Oberhauser and Adolf Wagner took his place. A profound 

alteration to the editorial structure was encountered with the death of Alfred E. Ott 

in the year 1994. 


1995-2000: Adolf Wagner, Heinrich Strecker, Wolfgang Franz, Gerhard 

Kleinhenz, Heinz Lampert, Werner Neubauer, Alois Oberhauser, Peter 

Stahlecker and Dietmar Wellisch


The management responsibilities previously assumed by Alfred E. Ott have since 

1995 been pursued by Adolf Wagner. Concurrent with adjustments to the task 

structure – in accordance with the publishing house Lucius & Lucius – the 

editorial board was extended. At first Wolfgang Franz, Gerhard Kleinhenz, 

Werner Neubauer and (transitionally) Wolfgang Eichhorn were co-opted. From 

1999 Peter Stahlecker and Dietmar Wellisch joined. 


2000-2004: Adolf Wagner, Heinrich Strecker, Wolfgang Franz, Gerhard 

Kleinhenz, Heinz Lampert, Werner Neubauer, Peter Stahlecker and Dietmar 



2005-to date: Wolfgang Franz, Gerhard Kleinhenz, Werner Smolny, Peter 

Stahlecker, Joachim Wagner, Dietmar Wellisch, Peter Winker 





All editors feel obliged by the tradition of the “Journal for Economics and 

Statistics“ to keep it open for critical, innovative and potential-bearing 

contributions. Neither thematically nor methodically are the editions to be 

constrained by respective paradigmatic schools of thought. 



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