Chapman University economists named top researchers in rankings of scholarly publishing

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Professor Vernon Smith leads the research momentum at the Economic Science Institute, which along with the Argyros School of Business and Economics, earned a top ranking for its scholarly publishing.

Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics and its Economic Science Institute (ESI) have grabbed the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in a very influential international ranking, the RePEc Project’s “Top Institutions in the Field of Experimental Economics.”

The Argyros School ranked No. 1, and ESI tied for second place with the University of Chicago’s economics department. ESI was launched at Chapman University in 2008, founded by Nobel laureate and “father of experimental economics”
Vernon Smith

The RePEc Project (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort between researchers in 78 countries to disseminate the latest research in economics and related sciences and to create a public-access database.  The database contains information on more than 35,000 authors; more than 10,700 institutions (economics departments, research institutes, government organizations); and bibliographic information on more than 1.4 million research pieces, including 237,000 working papers and 344,000 articles.

According to RePEc rankings as of August 2013, the top institutions, determined by a weighted sum of all authors (and their working papers) affiliated with the institution, are:

  1. Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University
  2.  (TIE) Department of Economics, University of Chicago and Economic Science Institute, Chapman University
  3. School of Economics, University of Nottingham (U.K.)
  4. Wirtshaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Zürich (Switzerland)
  5.  (TIE) Department of Economics, Harvard University  and Institut für Volkswirtshaftslehre, Wirtshaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Zürich (Switzerland)
  6. Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde, Universiteit van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  7. Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University (Australia)
  8. Department of Economics, New York University
  9. Department of Economics, Ohio State University
  10. Department of Economics, University of California – Santa Barbara

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Mary Platt

Mary Platt is director of the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University

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