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World University Research Rankings for Economics
Global Competitiveness Assessment Center for Economic Research
The Institute for Advanced Research (IAR)
 Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Range of the Rankings
The database of World University Research Rankings for Economics by the Institute for Advanced Research (IAR) of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics has gathered author affiliations of original articles (review articles excluded) published in 19 leading economics journals worldwide (5 Top-tier journals and 14 First-tier journals) from 2012 to 2016; except non-university research institutions, over 1000 universities are included in the rankings. A list of the 19 journals is as follows: 
Top Tier
American Economic Review 
Journal of Political Economy 
Quarterly Journal of Economics 
Review of Economic Studies
First Tier 
Economic Journal
Games and Economic Behavior
International Economic Review
Journal of Econometrics
Journal of Economic Theory
Journal of Finance
Journal of International Economics
Journal of Labor Economics
Journal of Monetary Economics
Journal of Public Economics
Journal of the European Economic Association
RANDJournal of Economics
Review of Economics and Statistics
Theoretical Economics

Method 1 (default setting, by weight)
Every paper is credited with a score of 1. If the paper is single-authored and the author is affiliated with one university, the university will be credited with a score of 1. If there are multiple authors from different universities, each university gets a score of p/n, where p is the number of authors from the same university and n is the total number of authors on the article. If one of the n authors is affiliated with multiple universities (m), each university gets a score of 1/nm. Each university is ranked in order according to the total score it gets. 
For example, if one article has two authors A and B, A has two affiliations A1 and A2, and B has one affiliation B1, then author A gets 0.5 point, author B gets 0.5 point; A1 and A2 each get 0.25 point, and B1 gets 0.5 point. 
Method 2 (by quantity)
Universities can also be ranked according to the quantity of publications. If a paper has multiple authors, each author affiliation is credited with 1 article. If more than one author on one paper is affiliated with the same university, the university is credited with only 1 article. If one author is affiliated with multiple universities, each university is credited with 1 article. Each university is ranked in order according to the quantity of papers published. For example, if one paper has three authors A, B, and C, author A and author B are affiliated with the same university D, author C is affiliated with two universities E and F, then D, E, and F each are credited with 1 article. 

Data sources
1.    ScienceDirect Journals
2.    Wiley Online Library Journals - Social Sciences & Humanities Collection
3.    EBSCO-Econlit 
4.    JSTOR Archival Journals

Methodology Characteristics
1.    The journal selection tends to show homogeneity and more emphasizes output of high-quality research papers.
2.    On the premise of transparency, multiple ranking methods are provided, including ranking by quantity of publication and by weight of authors and affiliations, so as to reveal the research output efficiency of universities from various perspectives in a more scientific way. 

Though every effort has been made to ensure data accuracy, the diversity of ways and forms in which author affiliation information is provided may still cause inaccuracy of data. If you believe there is an error in the information provided, please contact our administrator so we can check and make correction. The IAR appreciates your interest in and support for this research ranking. 

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