Department of Economics

Department of Economics

Handelsblatt ranking: Holiger Strulik, top economist in the German-speaking world - Göttingen economics ranks number 6

Prof. Dr. Strulik, the Chair of Macroeconomics and Development at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, is now ranked as the top research-oriented economist in the German-speaking world, according to the new Handelsblatt ranking. In places 35 and 44 are respectively, Prof. Dr. Helmut Herwartz (Chair of Econometrics) and Prof. Stephan Klasen, PhD (Chair of Development Economics). Recent research was evaluated for the ranking, primarily publications in prestigious field-specific journals within the last five years. The ranking included 100 people.

For the ranking of overall research performance (“Lebenswerk”), the Göttingen researchers placed:

14: Holger Strulik
94: Stephan Klasen
106: Helmut Herwartz

250 researchers were evaluated for this overall research ranking. For more information on the ranking, click here (in German).

In the ranking of the best research faculties in economics, Göttingen placed number 6, up three places from the last evaluation in 2015. This ranking is based on the publications of individual researchers. In 2017, a total of 100 faculties were evaluated.

Every two years, the ETH Zurich, on behalf of the business newspaper, the Handelsblatt, produces a ranking of the top research economists in the German-speaking world. Publications from more than 3,000 researchers were evaluated, from those who conduct research in the German-speaking world or who come from the region but work abroad. The Economic Research Society considers more than 2,200 international journals, including all journals in the Econlit database of the American Economic Association.

The quality of journals is also evaluated. The publications are weighted differently depending on the quality of the journal, which are then summed. Further details on the methodology behind the rankings can be found here (in German).

Chinese delegation visits the Faculty during a one week research exchange trip focusing on Development Economics

On the 29th of August 2017, a number of Chinese doctoral students visited the Faculty of Economic Sciences to learn about the research and teaching programmes, particularly those focused on development economics. The young researchers were taking part in a week long round trip to several renowned German universities.

The trip was organized by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion in Peking (Beijing). The round trip followed after the 6th Lindau Conference of Economics, which took place from 22nd to 26th of August 2017 at Lake Constance. The conference provided the young academics with the unique possibility of meeting former and current Nobel Prize winners. In addition to Göttingen, the group visited universities and research institutes in Mannheim, Kiel and Berlin.

After a presentation of the faculty by the Dean, Prof. Dr. Lutz M. Kolbe, the fifteen doctoral students received more information about research and teaching activities, particularly in the area of development economics. In addition to Prof. Dr. Krisztina Kis-Katos (Chair of International Economic Policy), Prof. Dr. Stephan Klasen, Ph.D. (Chair of Development Economics) and Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer (Chair of Development Economics / Center for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)), Prof. Dr. Dr. Fabian J. Froese (Chair of Human Resources Management and Asian Business) as well as Prof. Xiaohua Yu, PhD from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (Chair of Agricultural Economics in Developing and Transition Countries) presented the research activities on their respective Chairs. The meeting also provided ample networking opportunities. It was followed by a tour of the city from Dr. Frank Stiller, Director of the Foreign Representation of the Georg-August-University of Göttingen in Nanjing, China.

Chinesische Delegation
Fifteen PhD students from China received information about the faculty’s research and teaching opportunities.
Back row f.l.: Feicheng Wang, Raoul Wagner (DFG), Fabian Froese, Krisztina Kis-Katos, Sebastian Vollmer, Mohan Pyari Maharjan, Lena Kemper, Frank Stiller, Xiaohua Yu.
Front row (middle): Lutz Kolbe

The Sino-German Center for Research Promotion (CDZ) is a research funding organization jointly established by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The NSFC is a facility for the promotion of basic research in the natural, life, engineering and management sciences. Ever since its foundation in 1986, the NSFC has maintained an intensive partnership with the DFG. The task of the CDZ is to promote bilateral scientific cooperation in the natural, life and engineering sciences. Particular attention is given to the promotion of young scientists, which are deemed the future bearers of these bilateral relations. The CDZ has various funding instruments at its disposal.

The participants of this year's round trip have been selected according to a rigorous competitive selection process. They work in some of China’s most research intensive institutions such as: Peking University, Fudan University (a partner university of the faculty), and Zhejiang University. In addition to excellent research, an international orientation was also an important criterion for candidate selection.

2017 CHE University Ranking Results

The Faculty of Economic Sciences was ranked very well in the current university ranking of the Centre for Higher Education (CHE), and ranked among the top and middle groups in the evaluated fields of business administration, economics, and business information systems.

In particular, students are satisfied with their general academic situation and gave the faculty an above average ranking. For example, in business administration, top rankings were given in the following areas: general academic situation, the possibility to finish a study programme in the given time, support at the beginning of studies, career relevance, and academic relevance.

Course offerings, support at the beginning of studies, as well as support for study abroad were, for example, also ranked in the top category for students in economics. Furthermore, in economics, the internationally oriented master?s programme ranked very high, as well as research, such as publications per year and research funds per researcher.

Business information systems ranks at the very top in areas such as support during studies, course offerings, support at the beginning of studies, career relevance, and publications per professor.

In the CHE university ranking, factors such as studying, teaching, infrastructure and research, as well as results from the survey by students and professors of the respective universities are included. There is no final ranking list of universities, and instead, there is a ranking of universities and vocational institutes according to customized indicators across three groups (top, middle, and bottom).

According to CHE, the ranking is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of German universities and vocational institutes. Every year, one-third of the subjects are re-evaluated: [in German]