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Orange, Calif.  – Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics and its Economic Science Institute (ESI) have grabbed the #1 and #2 spots in a very influential international ranking, the RePEc Project’s “Top Institutions in the Field of Experimental Economics.” The Argyros School ranked #1, and ESI tied for second place with the University of Chicago’s economics department.

The RePEc Project (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort between researchers in 78 countries to disseminate the latest research in economics and related sciences and to create a public-access database. The database contains information on more than 35,000 authors; more than 10,700 institutions (economics departments, research institutes, government organizations); and bibliographic information on more than 1.4 million research pieces, including 237,000 working papers and 344,000 articles.

According to RePEc rankings as of August 2013, the top institutions, determined by a weighted sum of all authors (and their working papers) affiliated with the institution, are:

  1. Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University
  2.  (TIE) Department of Economics, University of Chicago; Economic Science Institute, Chapman University
  3. School of Economics, University of Nottingham (U.K.)
  4. Wirtshaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Zürich (Switzerland)
  5. (TIE) Department of Economics, Harvard University; Institut für Volkswirtshaftslehre, Wirtshaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Zürich (Switzerland)
  6. Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde, Universiteit van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  7. Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University (Australia)
  8. Department of Economics, New York University
  9. Department of Economics, Ohio State University
  10. Department of Economics, University of California – Santa Barbara

Read more about the rankings.

Nobel laureate and Chapman faculty member Vernon Smith

Papers and articles by Nobel laureate and Chapman faculty member Vernon Smith added impetus to the recent RePEc ranking of Chapman University’s Argyros School and Economic Science Institute as #1 and #2 in the world. (Photo: Chapman University)

About Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics
The AACSB-accredited Argyros School of Business and Economics (ASBE) at Chapman University offers undergraduate and graduate students access to integrated business education taught by faculty deeply committed to student learning. Students who graduate from ASBE do so with a strong understanding of how American business operates in the world and how they can contribute to it.

About Chapman University’s Economic Science Institute
The Economic Science Institute (ESI) was launched at Chapman University in 2008, founded by Nobel laureate and “father of experimental economics” Vernon Smith and his colleagues Bart Wilson, Stephen Rassenti, David Porter and John Dickhaut.  Launched as an alternate, more hands-on method of economic education, the ESI at Chapman University is an academic center that uses the laboratory method of inquiry to study the role human institutions play in creating social rules and order, and also builds and tests market and management systems. ESI’s research spans the fields of accounting, economics, finance, information systems, engineering, psychology, neuroscience, computer science and philosophy.

About Chapman University
Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University provides a uniquely personalized and interdisciplinary educational experience to highly qualified students. Our programs encourage innovation, creativity and collaboration, and focus on developing global citizen-leaders who are distinctively prepared to improve their community and their world. Visit

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