A Research-Based Ranking of Public Policy Schools

26 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2018 Last revised: 30 Jun 2020

Date Written: March 29, 2020


This paper presents rankings of U.S. public policy schools based on their research publication output. In 2016 we collected the names of about 5,000 faculty members at 44 such schools. We use bibliographic databases to gather measures of the quality and quantity of these individuals' academic publications. These measures include the number of articles and books written, the quality of the journals the articles have appeared in, and the number of citations all have garnered. We aggregate these data to the school level to produce a set of rankings. The results differ significantly from existing rankings, and in addition display substantial across-field variation.

Keywords: Public policy, University rankings

JEL Classification: I2

Suggested Citation

Ash, Elliott and Urquiola, Miguel S., A Research-Based Ranking of Public Policy Schools (March 29, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3096545 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3096545

Elliott Ash

ETH Zürich ( email )

Rämistrasse 101
Zürich, 8092

Miguel S. Urquiola (Contact Author)

Columbia University ( email )

420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States

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