The Department of Economics is consistently placed among the best European economics departments in research based rankings, demonstrating the high quality and impact of our research.

Nevertheless, we are aware that no ranking is perfect and share the University’s opinion that rankings should always be taken with a grain of salt. Different rankings cater to different needs - some are targeted at students, some focus on the academic achievements of the department as a research facility, others include subjective or projective measures, and most do not correct for relevance of the publications or size of the department. 

Our Approach

The Department of Economics primarily evaluates its own performance in comparison to other departments based on the “Tilburg” (international) and “Handelsblatt” (German speaking area) rankings. We believe that these two rankings are best able to capture academic contributions as they are based solely on qualified scientific output.

As a department, we strive for excellence and set ourselves high standards. In our own evaluation of the Tilburg Ranking we therefore only include the top publications, i.e.  American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Economic Studies.