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Europe's Eminent Economists: A Quantitative Analysis

By Reiner Eichenberger and Bruno S. Frey


This paper considers the European countries' output of eminent economists, i.e. the 160 most often cited academics in the period 1993-96. The influence of the size of the population and GNP is analyzed, and a ranking of the top-20 scholars is provided. The United Kingdom outperforms: it is leading with respect to the absolute number, per capita, and GNP per capita. More surprisingly, most small countries do very well if size is accounted for. The four large Continental countries only do well according to the absolute number of eminent economists. But weighted by population and GNP they chop back dramatically.economics of economics, eminent economists, citations, scientometrics

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