wiiw is still Number 4 among the ‘International Economics’ Think Tanks Worldwide

02 February 2018

The Global Go To Think Tank Index 2017 places wiiw at the very top of the world's international economics think tanks.

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) has again been included in the world ranking of international think tanks of the Global Go To Think Tank Report 2017 of the University of Pennsylvania, placed at rank 4 in the category ‘International Economics’.

wiiw can thus retain its rank as number 4 among the world’s best think tanks in this category since 2016. Looking back, the institute has continuously improved its ranking, from 17 (2012) to 14 (2013), 12 (2014), 5 (2015) and 4 (2016). wiiw has overtaken all other European institutes, with the exception of the second-ranked Brussels-based Bruegel Institute.

wiiw Scientific Director Dr. Robert Stehrer on this distinction: ‘We are very pleased with wiiw’s renewed excellent result in this ranking, which acknowledges our commitment to perform, continuously improve and communicate evidence-based research at an internationally high level that is relevant for both science and economic policy-making.’

The ranking is carried out annually by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania, aimed at highlighting the importance of research for evidence-based policy advice. In 2017 more than 7,000 institutions worldwide were investigated, ranked by 3,750 experts from academia, journalism, politics and the civil society in a variety of categories (regional and content-wise). Among the evaluation criteria are not only the quality of research and the reputation of the scientific staff, but also the professionality of communication and the impact on political decision-making.


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