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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

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Ranking    University                                                  Top 36        Top 24        Top 42
                                                                               journals       journals       journals
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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

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East Asia                                               United States
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Rank      Schools                         Pages*            Rank      Schools                            Pages**

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

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(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)