Empirical Economics publishes papers of high quality dealing with the confrontation of relevant economic theory with observed data through the use of adequate econometric methods. Papers cover topics like estimation of established relationships between economic variables, testing of hypotheses derived from economic theory, policy evaluation, simulation, forecasting, methodology, econometric methods and measurement. Empirical Economics emphasizes the replicability of empirical results. Replication studies of important results in the literature - both with positive or negative results - may be published as short papers in Empirical Economics. Authors are expected to make available their data set in case readers, editors or referees should want to replicate results reported in submitted contributions.