Strong research performance in Zurich

The Department of Economics is regularly found in the top positions among European schools of economics in research-based ranking, reflecting the high quality and effectiveness of Zurich’s economists.
The De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics mea­sures its suc­cess pri­mar­i­ly in the com­par­i­son with oth­er in­sti­tutes us­ing the Till­burg Rank­ing (in­ter­na­tion­al) and the Han­dels­blatt Rank­ing (Ger­man lan­guage area). Both rank­ings fo­cus on aca­d­e­m­ic fac­tors for suc­cess and are only based on qual­i­fied sci­en­tif­ic per­for­mance.

Handelsblatt Ranking

The Ger­man “Han­dels­blatt” rank­ing is based on the num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions in eco­nom­ics jour­nals. How­ev­er, it fo­cus­es on the Ger­man lan­guage area and also in­cludes an eval­u­a­tion of in­di­vid­ual re­search per­for­mance. The pub­li­ca­tions are cat­e­go­rized and weight­ed based on their rel­e­vance and ef­fec­tive­ness. The cat­e­go­ry “A+ Jour­nals” in­cludes the top five eco­nom­ics jour­nals, which the de­part­ment uses as its own bench­mark.

In the 2017 rank­ing, the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics is in first place, with a large gap to the sec­ond place Uni­ver­si­ty of Mannheim and the Swiss Fed­er­al In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy (third place). The de­part­ment also does very well on an in­di­vid­ual lev­el: 10 of the top 100 pro­fes­sors con­duct re­search and teach in Zurich, and 7 pro­fes­sors from Zurich are among the top 100 re­searchers un­der the age of 40.

Tilburg Ranking

The Ger­man “Han­dels­blatt” rank­ing is based on the num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions in eco­nom­ics jour­nals. How­ev­er, it fo­cus­es on the Ger­man lan­guage area and also in­cludes an eval­u­a­tion of in­di­vid­ual re­search per­for­mance. The pub­li­ca­tions are cat­e­go­rized and weight­ed based on their rel­e­vance and ef­fec­tive­ness. The cat­e­go­ry “A+ Jour­nals” in­cludes the top five eco­nom­ics jour­nals, which the de­part­ment uses as its own bench­mark.

In the 2017 rank­ing, the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics is in first place, with a large gap to the sec­ond place Uni­ver­si­ty of Mannheim and the Swiss Fed­er­al In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy (third place). The de­part­ment also does very well on an in­di­vi