Europe's Eminent Economists: A Quantitative Analysis

Zurich IEER Working Paper No. 57

25 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2000

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Reiner Eichenberger

University of Fribourg - Faculty of Economics and Social Science; CREMA

Bruno S. Frey

CREMA; University of Basel

Date Written: September 2000

Abstract

This paper considers the European countries' output of eminent economists, i.e. the 160 most often cited academics in the period 1993-96. The influence of the size of the population and GNP is analyzed, and a ranking of the top-20 scholars is provided. The United Kingdom outperforms: it is leading with respect to the absolute number, per capita, and GNP per capita. More surprisingly, most small countries do very well if size is accounted for. The four large Continental countries only do well according to the absolute number of eminent economists. But weighted by population and GNP they chop back dramatically.

Suggested Citation

Eichenberger, Reiner and Frey, Bruno S., Europe's Eminent Economists: A Quantitative Analysis (September 2000). Zurich IEER Working Paper No. 57. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=244400 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.244400

Reiner Eichenberger (Contact Author)

University of Fribourg - Faculty of Economics and Social Science ( email )

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Bruno S. Frey

CREMA ( email )

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University of Basel ( email )

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