Ranking Dutch Economists

CentER Discussion Paper No. 2007-72

22 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2007

See all articles by Jan C. van Ours

Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Frederic Vermeulen

Tilburg University - CentER; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: September 2007


This paper ranks Dutch economists using information about publications and citations. Rankings involve the aggregation of several performance dimensions. Instead of using a cardinal approach, where each dimension is weighted based on impact factors of journals for example, we use an ordinal approach which accounts for quality differences between journals and also takes citations into account. We find that this ordinal approach is more robust. Based on the ordinal ranking of publications and citations we find that Peter Wakker is the most productive economist, followed by Michel Wedel. The third place in the ranking is ex aequo for Philip-Hans Franses and Florencio Lopez de Silanes. Adding-up the individual output we find that the economists of Erasmus University Rotterdam are the most productive, followed ex aequo by Tilburg University and Free University Amsterdam.

Keywords: Productivity of economists, ranking

JEL Classification: A11, J24

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C. and Vermeulen, Frederic, Ranking Dutch Economists (September 2007). CentER Discussion Paper No. 2007-72. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1015068 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1015068

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