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June 14, 2007

Survey Ranks UI Econometrics Researchers Among World's Most Productive

A new survey has found that University of Iowa economists are some of the world's most productive researchers in the field of econometrics.

The survey also named two members of the Tippie College of Business economics faculty -- Nathan Savin and John Geweke -- as among the 100 most productive econometrics scholars.

The survey was conducted by the Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. The rankings were determined by counting the number of researchers at each university who published an article about econometrics in a leading economics or econometrics journal between 1989 and 2005; the number of articles published by all researchers at each school; and the total number of pages for those articles.

According to the survey, the University of Iowa ranked 33rd in the number of articles its researchers published in all econometrics publications, with 30 authors publishing 84 articles totaling 1,120 pages. In the period between 2000 and 2005, 13 UI researchers published 16 articles with 214 pages, putting the university in 31st place.

In the field of theoretical econometrics, the university ranked 24th in the number of pages its researchers published, with 620 pages in 46 articles.

Individually, Geweke ranked 41st in the number of pages published in an econometrics journal and 88th in the total number of publications, with 14 articles generating 286 pages of research. Geweke is a professor of economics and statistics in the Tippie College of Business and holder of the Harlan E. McGregor Chair in Economic Theory.

Savin, the Michael Sandler Faculty Fellow in the Tippie College of Business, ranked 87th in total number of articles published, with 15.

In addition, Joel Horowitz, a former professor and current visiting fellow in the Tippie College of Business, ranked fifth in total number of page counts in econometrics publications and 16th in number of articles.

Econometrics is a branch of economics that uses mathematical and statistical formula to create measurements that are applied to the study of economics principles.

The Tippie College of Business' Department of Economics has a strong commitment to quality education and a steady output of important research. The department has two dozen permanent, active faculty and offers an outstanding undergraduate liberal arts major and a top-tier Ph.D. program.

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