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Classifying economics for the common good : a note on the links between sustainable development goals and JEL codes (2021)

Heikkilä, J. T. S. (2021). Classifying economics for the common good : a note on the links between sustainable development goals and JEL codes. Journal of Documentation, 77(2), 305-319. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-08-2020-0146

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Heikkilä, Jussi T. S.

Journal or series: Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

eISSN: 1758-7379

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 01/01/2021

Volume: 77

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 305-319

Publisher: Emerald

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-08-2020-0146

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/74031


This brief note sheds light on the links between Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) codes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Three alternative methods based on keyword overlap to establish links between SDGs and JEL codes are presented.

These simple linkages illustrate that the themes of SDGs have corresponding closely related JEL classification codes.

Research limitations/implications
The mappings presented in this note are based on simple keyword overlap and are therefore necessarily imperfect and incomplete. There is plenty of room for further development.

Practical implications
Despite the demonstrated possibility of linking SDGs to existing JEL codes, introducing a specific JEL code for each SDG would reduce search costs for those searching for economic research related to specific SDGs.

The first and preliminary attempt to link SDGs and JEL codes.

Keywords: national economics; research subjects; sustainable development; classification schemes; information retrieval

Free keywords: JEL codes; sustainable development goals; agenda 2030; keyword search

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 3

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