The Yale Economic Review (YER), established in 2005, is a bi-annual journal of popular economics that reports on developments in economics to a broad audience. The YER is not a peer-reviewed academic journal; rather, it aims to fill the gap between the technical content in traditional academic journals and the sporadic coverage of economics in the popular press. The YER is distributed to students and faculty at business schools, law schools, policy schools, and economics departments in the United States, as well as to a segment of a general audience. It is also sold nationwide at Barnes & Noble, B. Dalton, and other newsstands and retail outlets. The journal is edited and managed by students from Yale College, YaleGraduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Yale School of Management.

Each issue includes articles by academic economists and industry practitioners who want to reach a broader audience than academic journals could provide. The YER also synopsizes current economic research, reviews books, and offers other articles on pressing academic matters. Additionally, the YER carries interviews with leaders in finance, industry, public policy and academia. Recent interviewees include Nobel Laureates Robert J. Shiller of Yale University, Paul Samuelson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and George Akerlof of the University of California, Berkeley; CEOs John Thain of the New York Stock Exchange and James P. Gorman of Morgan Stanley; Pulitzer Prize-winning author and energy expert Daniel Yergin of Cambridge Energy Research Associates; celebrity political and economic commentator Ben Stein; and UN Millennium Project Director Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University.