Eight professors from HEC Lausanne (UNIL) have scored highly in the VWL Ranking of the Forschungsmonitoring for their publications in leading academic journals, reflecting the excellence and strong academic impact of the research carried out in the School.
The VWL Ranking established by the Forschungsmonitoring examines the performance of the academic research carried out by economics departments, based on common international criteria such as SCImago’s Scientific Journal Rankings (SJR) values. The SJR value measures the academic influence of a scientific journal, based on the number of citations it receives and the prestige of the journals in which it is cited. The Forschungsmonitoring ranks economics researchers working or born in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The latest ranking is based on publications from 2017 to 2021; forthcoming publications are considered. Partial results are published in the German daily newspaper, Handelsblatt, which specialises in economics.
Several of the School’s professors are listed among the top 5% researchers identified by the ranking (all countries combined, weighted based solely on publications in the best A and A+ ranked journals):
Moreover, 8 of the School’s professors appear in the top 10% of the “lifetime” ranking, which is based on all publications in A and A+ ranked journals:
Last but not least, the University of Lausanne is ranked 3rd among all universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the universities ranking, all countries combined and based on the same weighting. Hence, the University of Lausanne comes just after the University of Zürich and the University of Bonn in the ranking.
According to Rafael Lalive, professor in the Department of Economics and Vice-Dean of the School, “this ranking highlights that professors at HEC Lausanne craft compelling and thorough answers to the grand challenges of our times. This research translates into our teaching programs, giving our students the opportunity to reflect on economics and society in new ways, thereby fostering collective excellence in society.”