DP6935 | Ranking Israel's Economists

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15/08/2008

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One of the more important measures of a scholar?s research impact is the number of times that the scholar?s work is cited by other researchers as a source of knowledge. This paper conducts a first of its kind examination on Israel?s academic economists and economics departments, ranking them according to the number of citations on their work. It also provides a vista into one of the primary reasons given by junior Israeli economists for an unparalleled brain drain from the country - discrepancies between research impact and promotion. The type of examination carried out in this paper can now be easily replicated in other fields and in other countries utilizing freely-available citations data and compilation software that have been made readily accessible in recent years.