The annual top 40 of Dutch economists was released in late December 2021. The four RSM faculty members in the top 40 are professors Pursey Heugens (ranked 4th), Joep Cornelissen (ranked 5th), Mathijs van Dijk (ranked 25th) and René de Koster (ranked 36th).
Staying curious and productive
“RSM employs really talented researchers, and our system stimulates people to remain curious and productive – also in the ’second half’ of their careers,” says Professor Pursey Heugens about the research opportunities at Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), the joint research institute of RSM and Erasmus School of Economics (ESE).
There are also eight faculty members from ESE, as well as faculty members from Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) and Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) in the top 40 list.
Management and economics research
Heugens is scientific director at ERIM, and the dean of research at RSM. “It’s great to see that this top 40 includes academics from four of ERIM’s research programmes. We’re well underway of hitting our strategic targets in the area of research.”
Dutch economists publish well and are widely quoted which indicates a useful contribution to the development of new knowledge, according to Economisch Statistische Berichten. Many of these economists work on socially relevant problems. Erasmus University has bolstered its lead over all other Dutch universities, with 1,210 scientific articles by EUR faculty members in 2021. What is also striking is that co-operation with foreign economists is the norm. Two out of three articles considered in the ranking have an international co-author.
Ranking of Dutch economists
ESB publishes its annual ranking each December. It’s designed to measure the impact of scientific research. It ranks Dutch economists who have published the best in international scientific peer-reviewed journals in the past five years. In total, this year’s economists published 5,617 peer-reviewed articles. That is slightly more than in last year's economists' top 40, which totalled to 5,280 peer-reviewed articles. Publishing well in such journals is an important assessment criterion for researchers. More information about the ranking of economists and the publication trends are in the ESB article (in Dutch), published in December 2021.