Best Economics and Finance Scientists in Belgium

The 2nd edition of ranking of the best researchers in the field of Economics and Finance is based on data derived from various data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for devising the citation-based metrics were collected on 21-12-2022. Position in the ranking is based on a scholar’s D-index (Discipline H-index), which includes exclusively papers and citation data for an examined discipline.
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The focus of our Economics and Finance research’s best scholars ranking is a reliable list of leading researchers from the discipline of Economics and Finance, based on a meticulous study of 166,880 scholars identified from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the field of Economics and Finance, over 8163 researchers were analysed.

What is D-index acceptance threshold for Economics and Finance
The D-index threshold for approving a researcher to be examined is set to 30 if most of their publications are in the area of Economics and Finance. The inclusion criteria for researchers to be considered into the ranking of top researchers are based on the D-index, ratio of the contributions made within the given area as well as the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for listing leading researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scientists projected for each area od study whilst guaranteeing that the top 1% of best researchers are considered into the list. We expect a proximity of 30% or less between a researcher’s general H-index and their D-index.

Other verification rules
Since our leading goal is to guarantee that only actual scholars are listed in ranking we are aware that raw data are never supposed to be a complete means to evaluate the work of scholars. This is why we manually check each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a broad range of credible sources. Even though it’s not a factor impacting a scientist’s position in our ranking, the amount of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a valuable secondary signal of their contribution to research in a given field of study. Position in the ranking is based on each scholar’s D-index according to metrics gathered from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-known bibliometric databases of this kind available to the research community. A comprehensive overview of our research process can be found on our methodology page.

Our agenda
Our objective is to motivate scientists, entrepreneurs and decision-makers worldwide to investigate where prominent experts are heading and to offer a way for the whole scientific community to find out who the leading experts in specific areas of study, in various countries, or even within research institutions are.
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Key findings for Economics and Finance
With 28 scholars Belgium ranks in spot 11 in the world.

As far as institutions are concerned, the affiliation with the highest number of top scientists in Belgium is KU Leuven with 11 researchers affiliated with it being listed in Economics and Finance ranking. It is followed by KU Leuven with 6 scientists. Ranking thirds is University of Liège with 5 scientists.

Prominent scholars present in Belgium are affiliated with Université Catholique de Louvain, University of Liège, KU Leuven, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Ghent University, University of Antwerp, University of Namur, Vlerick Business School, Bruegel.

Professor Jacques-François Thisse from Université Catholique de Louvain is highlighted as the best scientist in Belgium in our ranking with a D-index of 90. Ranking second in Belgium is Johan F.M. Swinnen from KU Leuven with a D-index of 77. The third position in Belgium is occupied by Pierre Pestieau from University of Liège with a D-index of 55.

The average D-index for the top 5% scientists is 90 in comparison to an average of 43 for all 28 researchers listed in ranking.

The average number of published papers within the field of Economics and Finance for the top 1% of researchers in the ranking is 276 against an average of 276 for all 28 scientists.

The average number of citations for the top 5% scientists is 46622 against an average of 11366 for all 28 researchers.

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D-Index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines.
105 World 1 National D-index 90 Citations 46,622 566
200 World 2 National D-index 77 Citations 20,863 510
672 World 3 National D-index 55 Citations 10,253 687
717 World 4 National D-index 53 Citations 21,821 222
735 World 5 National D-index 53 Citations 11,851 194
759 World 6 National D-index 52 Citations 20,338 265
776 World 7 National D-index 52 Citations 12,366 322
887 World 8 National D-index 49 Citations 15,334 256
982 World 9 National D-index 47 Citations 9,899 271
983 World 10 National D-index 47 Citations 9,560 363
1021 World 11 National D-index 46 Citations 9,809 286
1166 World 12 National D-index 43 Citations 9,785 230
1173 World 13 National D-index 43 Citations 8,354 411
1228 World 14 National D-index 42 Citations 10,793 252
1356 World 15 National D-index 40 Citations 9,497 358
1574 World 16 National D-index 37 Citations 10,125 158
1580 World 17 National D-index 37 Citations 8,879 219
1701 World 18 National D-index 36 Citations 5,553 236
1731 World 19 National D-index 35 Citations 12,177 161
1767 World 20 National D-index 35 Citations 7,404 157
1776 World 21 National D-index 35 Citations 7,127 207
1796 World 22 National D-index 35 Citations 5,223 249
1862 World 23 National D-index 34 Citations 7,724 105
2007 World 24 National D-index 33 Citations 5,034 336
2062 World 25 National D-index 32 Citations 7,176 174
2085 World 26 National D-index 32 Citations 5,860 210
2204 World 27 National D-index 31 Citations 4,890 183
2266 World 28 National D-index 30 Citations 3,956 161

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