04 May 2018
The CentER for Research in Economics and Business at Tilburg University in the Netherlands publishes a global research ranking of Economics departments. It is based on a list of 74 leading journals in Economics, Econometrics and Finance from which a subset of 35 journals has been derived to create a ranking of the top 100 institutions.
There is a "ranking sandbox" where rankings of countries and regions can be constructed using selected journals from the database.
The default top 100 ranking covering the period 2013-17 is entirely English speaking. The top five are Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, the London School of Economics and the University of California Berkeley. Of the top twenty universities, 16 are American, 3 British and 1 Canadian. The top continental European university is Bocconi University in Italy.
A look at the various regions shows some interesting patterns. For example, in 2003 the top three universities in Asia were Israeli with Hong Kong universities in fourth and fifth place. But by 2017 the top Asian university was the National University of Singapore followed by Tsinghua University, Peking University and the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
The top 100 world universities in 2017 include three from Mainland China and three from Hong Kong. In contrast there are none from Russia or India.