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Reason to celebrate: We are the most research-intensive economics faculty in 2021

University of Munich (LMU) holds first place within german universities in the biennial "Handelsblatt Ranking" 2021

29.10.2021

We are honoured to announce that the University of Munich (LMU) holds first place within german universities in the biennial „Handelsblatt-Ranking“ 2021. As Germany’s most academically productive university, we rank second only to the University of Zurich (UZH) in the German-speaking countries, followed by the universities of Bonn, Lausanne, and Mannheim. We owe this ranking to our excellent training and promotion of young academics and our cooperation with the ifo Institute.

The Swiss Institute for Business Cycle Research (KOF) at ETH Zurich and the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) compile the ranking every two years on behalf of „Handelsblatt“. An eleven-strong team of professors provides advice. The ranking considers scientific publications by more than 3,000 economics that have appeared in relevant journals over the past ten years. Among them are scholars who conduct research in the german-speaking countries or who originate from german-speaking countries and conduct research abroad.

The ranking is based on a selective scoring system: Scientific publications from more than 2,200 international journals in the American Economic Association‘s EconLit database are categorized and weighted according to influence and relevance. In this way, faculties or the associated economists receive points for each publication. The point system makes it possible to measure the research performance of individuals and that of faculties. A large number of journals ensures that the ranking can capture publication performance as completely as possible.

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