Scientist Rankings in Economics & Business, 1997-2007

May 2008

The data below were extracted from Thomson Reuters Essential Science IndicatorsSM database. This database, currently covering the period January 1997 to October 2007, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters. Articles are assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and Thomson Reuters’s journal-to-category field definition scheme. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated. Naturally, scientists publishing large numbers of papers have a greater likelihood of collecting more citations than scientists publishing fewer papers. This ranking is by total citations. For articles with multiple authors, each author receives full, not fractional, citation credit. Another ranking could be based on citations per paper, which reveals weighted impact.

Based on total citations. Data from Thomson Reuters Essential Science IndicatorsSM, January 1997 to October 2007.

Rank Scientist Papers Citations Citations
1 SHLEIFER, Andrei
Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA, USA
55 4,384 79.71
EDHEC Business School,
06202 Nice Cedex 3, France
23 2,811 122.22
3 LA PORTA, Rafael
Tuck School of Business.
Dartmouth College,
Hanover, NH, USA
21 2,808 133.71
4 VISHNY, Robert W.
Graduate School of Business,
University of Chicago,
Chicago, IL, USA
8 1,747 218.38
5 LEVINE, Ross
Brown University,
Providence, RI, USA
34 1,589 46.74
6 FEHR, Ernst
University of Zurich,
Zurich, Switzerland
36 1,578 43.83
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge, MA, USA
51 1,531 30.02
8 GALI, Jordi
Pompeu Fabra University,
Barcelona, Spain
24 1,427 59.46
9 TEECE, David J.
Haas School of Business,
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, USA
16 1,418 88.62
10 TIROLE, Jean
Industrial Economics Institute,
University of Toulouse I,
Toulouse, France
52 1,401 26.94

The first four names on the list were frequent co-authors of numerous highly cited papers dealing with law, finance, and governance. Other topics represented in the highly cited papers of the others on the list include theories of growth and development, fair trade, monetary policy and inflation, as well as contracts, strategic management, and knowledge assets. Essential Science Indicators lists authors ranked in the top 1% for a field over a given period, based on total citations. For the current version, 930 authors are listed in the field of economics and business, meaning that a total of approximately 93,000 author records were reviewed to obtain these results.

Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters.

This item also appeared in the Times Higher Education magazine, reprinted with their permission.

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