The 2006 ELS Ranking is complete. A quick review of the variables that were discussed in greater detail over the last three days:
- relative number of research faculty with social science doctorates
- relative number of research faculty with a secondary social science appointment
- per capita articles citing “statistic! /1 significan!” in Westlaw JLR since 1996
|6-tie||Chicago||30-tie||William & Mary|
|14-tie||Michigan||39||Washington & Lee|
|20-tie||WashU (St. Louis)||45-tie||Fordham|
|23-tie||North Carolina||49-tie||Washington (Seattle)|
How does the 2006 ELS Ranking compare to 2005 ELS Ranking (which looked at 2003-2004 faculty)? The methodology and data have changed. The empirical research output measure is based on a search of Westlaw rather than a selected set of journals and covers more years. The 2006 ELS Ranking is based on faculty as of August 1, 2006 whereas the 2005 Ranking was based on the 2003-2004 faculty. And the 2006 ranking includes all US News tier-1 schools.
The 2006 Ranking is highly correlated with the 2005 Ranking (.82), but there is substantial movement. Noteworthy moves up the ranking: Vanderbilt up 15 spots, BYU up 11 spots, and Duke and Wake Forest each up 9 spots. Substantial losses: Iowa falls 23 spots, Fordham falls 20 spots, and Georgia falls 16 spots. Nine additional schools are in the 2006 Ranking. Of those, Ohio State at 22nd and Florida at 23rd make the strongest showing.
How can I account for the dramatic rise of my home institution? Well, all three schools in this study that have employed me did very well: Northwestern (2001-2004), George Mason (visitor in 2000) and Vanderbilt (2004 to present). The only reasonable inference to draw is that my presence reflects and/or encourages ELS. Or, perhaps, I’m just very clever at constructing a measure that recognizes those places with which I’ve been affiliated. Either way, it’s all about me!
But, in truth, Vanderbilt’s rise owes more to the Viscusi Effect. Kip Viscusi, who was recently hired away from Harvard Law, alone published as many or more articles citing statistical significance than 17 schools (some with as many as 65 professors). If Kip and his wife Joni Hirsch had not moved to Vanderbilt, then Vanderbilt would have been ranked 10th rather than 3rd.
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