IDEAS publishes a series of rankings of papers and academic institutions using metrics such as citations and the number of papers published. I like this methodology because it takes away some of the branding and prestige associated with some institutions but keeps an objective measurement of their work. As of April 2012 this is the top 10 for economics:

  1. Department of Economics, Harvard
  2. World Bank Group
  3. Department of Economics, University of Chicago
  4. Department of Economics, University of California – Berkeley
  5. London School of Economics (LSE)
  6. Department of Economics Princeton University
  7. Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
  8. Economics Department, MIT
  9. Economics Research, World Bank Group
  10. International Monetary Fund
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