BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
K Economics, finance, business and management
KC Economics
KCA Economic theory and philosophy
KCB Macroeconomics
KCC Microeconomics
KCD Economics of industrial organisation
KCF Labour economics
KCG Economic growth
KCH Econometrics
KCJ Economic forecasting
KCK Behavioural economics
KCL International economics
See also: RGCM “Economic geography”
KCM Development economics and emerging economies
See also: GTF “Development studies”
KCN Environmental economics
KCP Political economy
KCQ Health economics
KCR Welfare economics
KCS Economic systems and structures
Eg Free market, transitional economies, planned economies
KCT Agricultural economics
KCU Urban economics
KCX Economic and financial crises and disasters
KCY Popular economics
Class here: accessible works on economics for the general reader
KCZ Economic history

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