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Two economists in top 40

MAASTRICHT. The latest Dutch ‘Economentop 40’ (Top 40 Economists), which was recently published by the journal Economisch Statistische Berichten (ESB), only includes two researchers from Maastricht University. Senior lecturer Nils Kok, who obtained an NWO vidi grant last year, is in 32nd place, and Jean-Jacques Herings, professor of Microeconomics, in 38th place.

In the derived Top Institutes ranking, the School of Business and Economics doesn’t do badly with its fourth place. Tilburg is in first place. What is remarkable is the fact that of the ten best economists, seven work in Tilburg, although the person heading the list is from Rotterdam: Daan van Knippenberg, professor of Organizational Behaviour. He publishes a great deal about leadership, creativity and team performance.

Another remarkable fact is there is not one single woman to be found on the list.

ESB, which composes the Top 40 every year, has adapted its method of counting considerably. The point of departure is not the researchers but the most influential articles; the authors have been listed on the basis of their contributions. In doing so, ESB wants to emphasise that the journal finds the quality of the articles more important than the quantity. This has led to tremendous shifts but not for Maastricht. Last year, the list also contained two representatives from SBE: Jean-Jacques Herings and Ko de Ruyter.

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