Erasmus University Rotterdam ranks first in ESB Top 40 Economists

Erasmus University Rotterdam has further expanded its lead on the 2019 ESB Top 40 Economists list. The list is published yearly by ESB (Economisch Statistische Berichten / Economic Statistical Reports). In total, 9 Rotterdam based economists have made it on this years’ list, 7 of whom are affiliated with Erasmus School of Economics.

The highest ranked economist is Professor of Corporate Finance, Patrick Verwijmeren, with a 5th place. Colleague faculty members on the list are Peter Wakker (9th), Aurélien Baillon (11th, the highest new entry) Han Bleichrodt (15th), Jan van Ours (16th), Olivier Marie (26th) and Dick van Dijk (35th).

Publication trend: Dutch economists publish less, but better

For the first time in years, Dutch economists are publishing fewer articles: 5,180 between 2014-2018 compared to 5,275 between 2013-2017. That is a decrease of almost two percent, while the number of academic economists continues to grow. The good news is that the impact of publications is increasing. The article influence score (AIS) of the average Dutch economic publication rose by almost five percent from 0.752 to 0.788. Because of this increase in impact, the total impact - number of articles times score per article - of Dutch economists has increased by almost three percent. We can see this improvement in impact per article, combined with a lower number of published articles, on all fronts. For each institution, the impact per published article is higher in the 2019 edition compared to the 2018 list. with Utrecht University as a positive outlier (+12 percent). Only the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and the University of Groningen (RUG) have more publications in the top 2019 than in the top 2018.

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For more information, please contact Ronald de Groot, Media and Public Relations Officer at Erasmus School of Economics,, +31 6 53 641 846.

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