In the current ranking list of Germany's most influential economists published by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.), Prof. Dr Axel Ockenfels (WiSo-Key Research Initiative Behavioural Management Science) came 26th and Prof. Dr Matthias Sutter 28th. This makes them two of Germany's most influential economists.
The „F.A.Z.-Ökonomenranking“ also acknowledged the excellent performance of Prof. Dr Armin Falk and Prof. Dr Moritz Schularick from the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute: Markets and Public Policy. The only German cluster of excellence with a focus on economics now brings together four of the 30 most influential economists in Germany.
The ranking is made up of different categories in which both the impact on the economy and on the public are important. For example, the decisive factors for a place in the ranking are whether an economist sets impulses that are taken up by other researchers, whether his statements are heard by the broad masses and to what extent he or she can influence politics. The impact on social networks (especially Twitter) was also included.
The focus of the ranking is on science, with the assessment of scientific influence accounting for about half of the weighting. With their scores (Axel Ockenfels 64 points and Matthias Sutter 76 points), both WiSo professors occupy top ranks. The media influence is made up of the categories media, politics and social media. The media influence is measured through citations in political and economic departments, whereby the effect of the respective publications was also weighted.
We congratulate Axel Ockenfels and Matthias Sutter on their success and are pleased that the WiSo Faculty through this ranking has also been recognised as a unique platform for excellent research and teaching.