The Economics Department (Ashoka Econ) of Ashoka University has been ranked number 1 in India out of 239 Institutions (and 31stin Asia out of 1539 institutions) in September 2020, according to the international database RePEc (Research Papers in Economics), which covers 8198 institutions and 60355 registered authors worldwide. The rankings are devised based on volume as well as reach of the research output of the department, since it takes into account total publications, number of citations, and number of downloads of research papers of registered authors. The RePEc database for Asia has 1539 institutions with 6696 authors.
The ranking is significant for Ashoka University, as the University is only 6 years old and has been ranked ahead of decades-old Indian Institutions. Speaking on Ashoka Econ topping the rankings in the country, Prof. Malabika Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University said “It is a significant achievement for us at the University. Ashoka is young, and for our Economics Department to have reached this level of recognition in India in such a short span of time is a testament to our belief in excellence. We take pride in the high quality of research in the Economics Department and are confident that this accomplishment will inspire others across the University.”
Sharing his thoughts on this ranking for Ashoka Econ, Dr. Ratul Lahkar, Head of the Economics Department, Ashoka University said “We in the Department of Economics of Ashoka University are delighted that RePEc has ranked us the number 1 Economics Department in India. This ranking is based on the research output of the department and is a testament to our commitment towards excellence in research. It is particularly heartening to us that we have been able to secure this ranking despite being a relatively young department. We remain committed to striving for further excellence in this respect in the future.”
Ashoka University’s Economics Department consists of 26 eminent faculty members including Dr. Arvind Subramanian, Dr. Pulapre Balakrishnan, Dr. Bhaskar Dutta, Dr Ashwini Deshpande, Dr Biswajit Banerjee, Dr Bharat Ramaswami among others. Its research and teaching interests span a broad range of fields including economic theory, game theory, behavioural economics, experimental economics, macroeconomics, monetary economics, economic growth, development economics, and different areas of applied microeconomics.
RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 102 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences. The heart of the project is a decentralized bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers. The collected data are then used in various services that serve the collected metadata to users or enhance it.
So far, over 2,000 archives from 102 countries have contributed about 3 million research pieces from 3,500 journals and 5,000 working paper series.