wiiw ranked third best international economic policy think tank in the world

31 January 2020

wiiw improved its rank from 4th last year in the Global Go To Think Tank Report 2019 of the University of Pennsylvania.

This category lists ‘top think tanks that provide superior innovative research and strategic analyses’ with the aim of ‘advancing debate, facilitating cooperation between relevant actors, maintaining public support and funding, and improving the overall quality of life in one of the relevant countries’. wiiw was ranked behind only Bruegel (Belgium) and Brookings Institution (United States). In 2012, wiiw was included in this global ranking of think tanks for the first time. Since then, the institute has continuously improved its position, from rank 17 (2012) to 14 (2013), 12 (2014), 5 (2015) and 4 (2016, 2017, 2018).

wiiw is an economics think tank based in Vienna. It focuses on Central, East and Southeast Europe (CESEE) as well as four main thematic areas: macroeconomic analysis and policy; labour, migration and income distribution; international trade, competitiveness and FDI; and regional development. In the last year, wiiw’s contributions to economic policy debates in Europe have included:

wiiw has also for several decades been one of the most prominent and successful providers of macroeconomic forecasts for CESEE. We also took the opportunity in 2019 to look back at how Eastern Europe has changed in the 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The ranking is carried out annually by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania. It involved 1,796 peer institutions and experts from academia, journalism, politics and the civil society in a variety of categories. 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. Peterson Institute for International Economics, the institute ranked first in the last years, was recognised as a Center of Excellence in an own category.