HKUST ranked No.1 in Economics Research Productivity in East Asia

A recent study by researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong has found that HKUST has the highest research productivity in economics in East Asia based on the publication of their articles in top journals.

Conducted by Jang C. Jin and Louis Yau, the study covers the periods from 1990-1996. HKUST's research output in economics research was described to be comparable to the best economics departments in the US over the period 1984-93.

TABLE I     Top-10 Universities in East Asia: 1990-1996

RankingUniversityTop 36 journalsTop 24 journalsTop 42 journals
1 HKUST (Hong Kong) 809.2 575.7 611.5
2 CUHK (Hong Kong) 618.8 475.5 596.4
3 Tokyo (Japan) 425.8 249.7 301.0
4 National University (Taiwan) 242.4 165.5 210.7
5 Singapore University (Singapore) 191.1 96.3 203.0
6 University of Tsukuba (Japan) 161.4 144.6 119.6
7 University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) 127.8 93.9 118.0
8 Seoul National (S. Korea) 97.6 93.6 145.5
9 City University (Hong Kong) 78.8 38.8 139.3
10 Osaka University (Japan) 71.9 61.0 74.8

Note: The values are total pages published, standardized to the average length of the page in the American Economic Review.



TABLE II     Comparison with US Universities : Top 36 Journals

East AsiaUnited States
RankSchoolsPages*RankSchoolsPages**
1 HKUST 115.6 16/17 Rochester/Illinois 119.6/114.8
2 Chinese University 88.4 26/27 Iowa/Cornell 93.6/85.4
3 Tokyo University 60.8 46/47 Kentucky/CUNY 61.4/59.5
4 National Taiwan 34.6 66/67 Florida State/Massachusetts 35.4/34.2
5 Singapore National 27.3 76/77 Wayne State/Temple 27.7/21.6
6 University of Tsukuba 23.1 76/77 Wayne State/Temple 27.8/21.6

(source: "Research Productivity of the Economics Profession in East Asia" by Jang C Jin* and Louis Yau* in Economic Inquiry Vol. 37, No.4, October 1999, 706-710
* Jin, Assistant Professor, CUHK, Yau, Research Associate, CUHK)